posted on Dec, 8 2006 @ 05:24 PM
This isn't necessarily a Patriot Act matter. A cop can search you and your vehicle if he has "probable cause". Basically, if he has a feeling that
you "might" have a bag of marijuana hidden under your seats, he can rip them out and pretty much dig through your entire car, and then leave. There
is no punishment for him if he's wrong. He can merely say he had "probable cause" or he can say that you were acting suspicious.
Few policemen abuse this, but still, it's always a possibility. However, I believe this is just part of the law, and not a Patriot Act provision.