Come on people, as long as you live your life safe, go to work, pay your taxes and stay out of trouble (living a clean and simple life), this act doesn't effect you AT ALL. If you're a freaking radical muslim extremist, whose name is Mohammed Bin Al-Kazar, and you start checking out books from the libary on how to make bombs and start talking to your radical jihadist brothers over the phone about bombing America, then this act does effect you in every way.
Expand the mind a little bit people. Radical Muslims have declared Jihad on America and they will stop at nothing to kill us. The PATRIOT Act is why all the damn suicide bombings happen over seas, and not HERE.
Crazy Ass Radical Extremist: Oh I just checked out all three volumes on Bomb Making from the library! America is mine!!! PATRIOT Act is bad!!! Veto it!!! SILENCE!! I KILL YOU!!!!!!
Me: Your liberties are not being choked. If what you said was true, the FBI would be down here and arrest you for saying stuff like that.
Student: That just what that fascist Bush wants you to believe.
Me: He's not a fascist. Fascists want to take your guns away. Republicans and conservatives value gun ownership. It is the democrats and the liberals who want to take your guns away. They are the real fascists.
Students: Uh, pardon me, fascism is right wing, like the nazis.
Me: Which confuses me, because nazi stands for national socialist. It's socialism, which is a leftist ideology, but on a national scale. So really, naziism is left wing.
Student: Whatever Michael Savage. (Walks away)
fact: the terrorist who was planning to knock down/destroy the Brooklyn bridge was arrested thanks to the Patriot Act. He was being tapped, and the word Brooklyn Bridge came up often. Pre-Patriot Act: courts would have asked when is this attack? how is it going to be attacked?...dont know? no warrant. But the information was turned to the NYPD, extra enforcement placed on the bridge, and then wire taps revealed the guy backing off because there was too much heat and security. A raid of his apartment showed shematics and plans on how he planned on destroying the bridge. You would know this if you read a newspaper, watched the news...anything. I hope plenty of you critics who drove across that bridge consider you could have been on that brdige with a terrorist cutting cables, blowing up the beams, or w/e, that wasnt caught with the aid of the Patriot Act. Numerous cells have been captured thanks to the Patriot Act.
...but just try telling someone that.
Person 2: THEY'RE STEALING YOUR RIGHTS! YOUR RIGHTS!
Person 1: Seriously? What rights did they steal? Do you even know what the PATRIOT Act does or are you just repeating stuff you heard from some crank online?
Person 2: ...
Person 1: Hello?
Person 2: CHICKENHAWK! YOU'RE SUPPORTING A MASS-MURDERER!
Person 1: What!?
Person: Fine go ahead, Im not a fucking terrorist, I dont care. The Patriot Act doesnt effect me.