More freedoms and rights out the window. Awesome! I already had too many to begin with.http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tm...tus_drug_dogs_5
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WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that police can have dogs check out motorists' vehicles for drugs even if officers have no particular reason to suspect illegal activity.
The 6-2 opinion, written by Justice John Paul Stevens (news - web sites), stipulates police dogs may sniff only the outside of a car after a motorist is lawfully stopped for a traffic violation, such as speeding or failing to stop at a stop sign.
But privacy rights advocates said the ruling would lead to far more traffic stops as a way to find drugs. They also warned that the decision could open the door to more expansive searches, from sniffs inside the vehicle to checks of cars parked along sidewalks and pedestrians on the street.
Before Monday's ruling, the Supreme Court had authorized drug dogs primarily to sniff luggage at airports.