Here and here we have articles on the Fifth Circuit Court's recent ruling that pretty much tosses Ye Olde Fourth Amendment, from that antiquated oh-so-pansy humanist document the Bill of Rights, straight out the damn window (at least for Texas, Louisiana, and Mississipi).
"The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled police do not need an arrest or search warrant to conduct a swift sweep of private property to ensure their safety.And if this gets challenged in the Supreme Court this could become Federal, kids.
Evidence found in that search is admissible if the search is a "cursory inspection" and if police entered for a legitimate purpose and believed it may be dangerous."
-courtesy the Houston Chronicle
While we're at it let's say you mention this to someone and they tell you you're being paranoid. That no law officer would ever use a noise complaint to search your pad and score an otherwise petty and inadmissable bust. You might counter with an argument by precedent, specifically that PATRIOT, guaranteed by Ashcroft to be strictly for "dem foreigners," has gradually become an alternative to Constitutionally protected rights.
"'If a tool that is legal and constitutionally valid is good enough to use against organized crime or drug dealers, it ought to be good enough to be used against terrorism,' said Justice Department spokesman Mark Corallo. 'Conversely, if it's good enough to be used against terrorists, it ought to be used against other kinds of criminals.'"
-thanks to a repost of a pretty good Sacramento Bee article
Yeah. I'm fucking over reacting, just a little bit. Cause I definitely can't imagine a cop calling in an anonymous noise complaint to help out a brother officer.