BOISE, Idaho – When police officer Darryll Dowell is on patrol in the southwestern Idaho city of Nampa, he’ll pull up at a stoplight and usually start casing the vehicle. Nowadays, his eyes will also focus on the driver’s arms, as he tries to search for a plump, bouncy vein.
OK, so the cops are not really vampires and they suck out your blood with a syringe, not with their mouths, but do we really want police officers sticking needles into the citizenry? Especially puncturing veins for the purpose of drawing out the blood of Americans for governmental analysis?
The reduction of drunk driving is a laudable goal. Very likely, however, the blood-sucking tactic will become yet another common and intrusive tool of the forever war, the war on drugs.
Seemingly the seizure and search of an American citizen’s very life blood would be a clear violation of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution that prohibits unreasonable search and seizure. But that’s right, the Fourth Amendment, along with several others, were done away with by the drug war exemption of the Bill of Rights.