[rescue] new house
vraptor at promessage.com
Sat Apr 10 09:06:07 CDT 2004
Peter Corlett wrote:
> R. Lonstein <ross-sunhelp at lonsteins.com> wrote:
>>Perfect for computing or, um, horticulture. I'd say that's odd.
> In the UK, authorities sometimes look out for odd things to find people
> growing drugs in their house. One method is to look for unusually high
> electricity bills. Another one is to fly around with a helicopter and IR
> camera to look for particularly warm roofs.
> So, for anybody here with an attic full of computers, have you had a visit
> from the drug squad yet? ;)
IR scanning has had a precedent set in the state courts in the
US. It was held as a violation of the Fourth Amendment:
As for power, I would expect that those records are not a matter
of public record, so the police would require probable cause
before getting a warrant for the records from the power company.
They have to do that with phone records as well.
However, IANAL nor do I play one on TV.
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