That phrase gets a bad rap around here. The thing is, it's a completely reasonable thing to say in a lot of situations. As long as it's done on a case by case basis, you're not "surrendering to the nanny state", "letting your rights be trampled", or any of the other catchphrases that float around here. If you're talking about check points, gun registration, involuntary searches during traffic stops, or something else that requires surrendering your ability to refuse I definitely, I agree that it is a stupid thing to say. When it is a one time concession, you truly do have nothing to hide, and allowing the search serves a greater good (whether it be the continued search for a fugitive, your convenience, or something else), there is no harm in going along. I know there's nothing illegal in my house. If a dangerous person were on the loose in my neighborhood and the police wanted to search, I'd have no problem with it. If you would refuse simply on principle, that's your right. You're a fool to exercise it, though. My two cents. Feel free to disagree.