Yet another phrase used to whip people into a Bush-hating frenzy, the PATRIOT Act actually makes punishments against people who perform unauthorized wiretaps or use unauthorized listening devices harsher, thus PROTECTING people's privacy.
...but just try telling someone that.
Person 1: So what exactly is the PATRIOT Act?
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!?
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