Thank you for stating this so I don't have to. You stated it eloquently but it's a travesty this needs to be pointed out. I'm disappointed I had to read so far to see a correct response. Everybody should step back and examine how far your mindset has been twisted by the actions of our government over the last few decades. I have no words to describe how important are the rights you've surrendered. I am embarrassed for us all.
I've long suspected one of the hidden agendas for the Patriot Act was to enable drug sweeps. According to the first paragraph here:
"Government agencies continue to operate under the assumption that warrants, reasonable suspicion and the like are luxuries that our nation can no longer afford, not while we're under constant attack by terrorists and drug smugglers. "
Since when did we start including drugs as a legitimate reason to burn the Constitution?