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Hardly Anyone Notices Warrantless Search Bill Sailing Through the Virginia Legislature

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Jennifer Wexton

Virginia State Senator Jennifer Wexton

by Kenric Ward, Watchdog.org

Virginia lawmakers want to give local and state authorities the same sweeping search-and-seizure powers used by the FBI and other federal agencies under the Patriot Act.

Senate Bill 919, by state Senator Jennifer Wexton, D-Leesburg, passed 39-1 last month. A similar measure, House Bill 1946 by Delegate Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, awaits action.

The bills allow for “administrative subsubpoenas,” or what Virginia civil libertarian John Whitehead calls “sneak-and-peek searches.”

“You’ll never know you’re being investigated,” Whitehead told Watchdog.org in an interview.

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