Eighteen months later, newly unsealed court documents show that the FBI and U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles got their warrant for that raid by misleading the judge who approved it.

They omitted from their warrant request a central part of the FBI’s plan: Permanent confiscation of everything inside every box containing at least $5,000 in cash or goods, a senior FBI agent recently testified.

THIS is a general warrant. General warrants are unconstitutional. Officials must specify what they are looking for and what evidence they have to think that the raid will turn up proof. “Fishing expeditions” are unconstitutional and illegal (and despotic).

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