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For Immediate Release
September 12, 2003
Contact: Jim Harper
Privacilla: Say NO to Administrative Subpoenas
Administrative Subpoena Proposal Would Erode Privacy Without Enhancing Security or Law Enforcement
Washington, D.C. — In response to proposals that would grant administrative subpoena power to federal law enforcement officials,
Privacilla.org Editor Jim Harper today made the following statements:
"Administrative subpoenas are anathema to good government and good law enforcement. They erode the privacy protection
and oversight that is part of requiring court-issued subpoenas, and they are unacceptable."
"Existing law provides for situations when law enforcement needs information quickly. The well-developed 'exigent
circumstances' doctrine allows any search and seizure that will prevent imminent harm, prevent the destruction of
evidence, or prevent suspects from escaping. If there is no exigent circumstance, there is time to get a subpoena
from a court."
"Congressional leaders who care about privacy and good law enforcement should move to reduce the availability of
administrative subpoenas elsewhere in the law. They only expand the power of bureaucrats and encourage Big Brother."
"Good law enforcers take real leads before a judge because it's the American way."
"We should be planning for the day when terrorism is just a memory. Hopefully, we are well on our way.
We do not have to accept administrative subpoenas to get there."
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