Strange that I don't see any of the rightwingers in here chime in.
Because their wonderful honest government who provides them with a false sense of security, and such a government could and would NEVER abuse the Patriot Act.
Remember my thread here (when the Patriot Act was enacted-back-when)?:
That's a nice thread where defenders (and "right wingers") of such an act "chimed in". Read them responses. Visit those links that show "abuse". Newspaper articles and such. Those responses speak for themselves.
Here's a nice link too, PROVIDED BY THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE: http://www.usdoj.gov/oig/special/03-07/index.htm
Hey, don't take my word for it. Don't take some "newspapers" writing and word for it. Don't take some popular television news media's word for it. Take the VERY WORDS printed BY THE U.S. Government...THEIR OWN WORDS, BY AND FROM THEM, PROVIDED BY THEM!
Go on, read it. The ENTIRE thing, so you don't get my or anbody elses "slant" of what it says.
See the section of "admitted" abuses? Oh, and notice the 1,000 plus more that don't "fit in the juristiction of the doj"? What about those too?
And for my aforementioned link and topic of discussion provided in this post, I shall say to those who defended their position and government and called me crazy:
Eat crow and enjoy.
But, since we live in a world full of fairy folk and leprachauns, I guess it's okay to believe that everything will turn out for the good. That these "abuses" will subside, and your civil liberties will be returned and there will be rainbows in the sky and streets paved with gold....