Communion Of Dreams

“These are not the droids you’re looking for.”
September 29, 2011, 9:39 am
Filed under: BoingBoing, Civil Rights, Constitution, Failure, Government, Society, Star Wars

Via BB, an interesting news item:

Couple in shock after drug raid

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – A massive drug raid in Roswell last week targeted dozens of people at homes across the city.

But one of those homes didn’t have what police were looking for, and their unexpected visit left the people inside shaken and upset.

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She said her husband opened the door to multiple officers in raid gear with guns drawn.

“We were completely shocked, upset,” she continued. “I was panicked because I’ve never had anything like this happen to us before, never.”

She said the officers demanded to come inside her home.

“And my husband asked, ‘Do you have a warrant? Who are you looking for?’ and they said, ‘Gerald Sentell,'” Parker said. “We don’t even know this person.”

OK, at this point, what usually happens in these situations is the DEA or other law enforcement agency comes in, ‘secures’ the house (including putting occupants on the ground, perhaps with handcuffs or suchlike, and if there are any dogs…), does their search and any apologies or reparations for damage to the house comes later after a big public outcry.

What happened this time?

Parker said she and her husband were wary of cooperating because they weren’t sure what was going on.

When asked if she thought the officers could have been imposters, Parker replied, “Yes. That’s very much what we thought, and that’s why my husband said no, you’re not coming in this house without a warrant.”

The DEA spokesperson said the agents left when they were denied entry by the couple.

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The DEA said all of the officers involved in the raid were following procedure and did nothing wrong.


This both delights me, and outrages/frightens me.

I mean, I’m glad that Mr. Parker seems to have Jedi mind-control powers (not to mention the presence of mind to ask for a warrant under these circumstances) and so avoided going through the additional trauma usually inflicted on citizens in this situation. Seriously – that’s great. His door is still on the hinges, no shots were fired, the DEA actually respected his constitutional rights. Wonderful!

But the “following procedure” statement outrages me. So the DEA procedure is to conduct these raids without a warrant?


Think about that.

Then think about the fact that this probably comes as a surprise. I know it did to me. No, not that the DEA raid was conducted without a warrant (I call that stupid, but not terribly surprising). What’s surprising is that they didn’t just go ahead and conduct the raid, anyway, once they were there, under the pretense that one of the agents “smelled something” or “thought he saw drug paraphernalia” or some other excuse. Because that’s the usual script in these cases.

Yeah, it’s surprising that the DEA actually respected the 4th Amendment.

That should scare the hell out of you.

Jim Downey

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That should scare the hell out of you.

It does.

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