A plan instituted by all the branches of the US government. This plan when used effectively can stop a suspected terrorist member from renting books from the public library on how to build bombs, chemical weapons, organize a militia, etc.
Democrats naturally hate this plan since it was created by the Republican party in wake of 9/11. If it was the other way around, Republicans would hate it since the Democrats came up with it.
Rightfully so, this Act should save some lives. Proof you ask for? Nope, how can you prove it's working? Then again, you also can't prove that the Patriot Act isn't working...
"Man Joe, I hate the fucking Patriot Act"
"Ok Al' Jaiera, you're only saying that cause your dad and you tried to build a bomb but the library wouldn't let your towel heads check out the book."
"Oh yeah, now I see how George W. Bush and The Patriot Act are saving lives Joe"
"You're such a terrorist Al' Jaiera, and a sand nigger to boot!"
"I know...."
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Wow Only ONE PERSON In Congress Double Checked That Patriot Act?.....Really?.....Well I Guess I Better Buy A Hotdog, Buy Some Freedom Fries, And Buy Good Seats To The Next Yankees Game And Cancel On Throwing A Bag Of Flaming Poo Throw The White House Wind-(U.S. Government Seizes Me, And Erases My Existence From The World)
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The "USA Patriot Act" titled "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT ACT) Act of 2001" is a sweeping Bill signed by President Bush on October 24, 2001, to "deter and punish terrorist acts in the United States and around the world, to enhance law enforcement investigatory tools, and for other purposes."

HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?
A national crisis, such as the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, immediately encourages a 'do something' reaction in politicians of every stripe. The greater the crisis, the swifter -- and more unthinking -- the solution politicians concoct.

At such times, a herd mentality takes hold that overcomes logic and reason. Having served eight years in the U.S. House of Representatives, I can attest first hand to this dangerous political phenomenon. Just six weeks after the September 11th attacks, on October 26, 2001, a panicked U.S. Congress adopted the so-called 'USA PATRIOT Act.'

The PATRIOT Act became law with great haste and secrecy. In the name of the 'war on terrorism,' Congress passed this questionable legislation giving the U.S. executive branch and its police agencies sweeping new powers that undermine the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The Act (all 362 pages of it) was passed with little debate by senators and congressmen, most of whom did not, and could not even read the bill, because when the final vote was taken, no printed copies were available.

In my opinion, the Act constitutes the greatest single governmental assault on personal and financial privacy in U.S. history. Already three U.S. district courts have ruled parts of the Act to be unconstitutional.

The Act is being used for purposes that have nothing to do with fighting terrorism undefined but everything to do with unchecked police surveillance, wiretapping and secret searches of homes and offices. Fully 125 pages of this Act concern individual financial activities as well as U.S. and offshore banking and finance.

WHAT IS THE THREAT?

The PATRIOT Act permits:

* secret FBI and police searches of your home and office

* secret government wiretaps on your phone, computer and/or Internet activity

* secret investigations of your bank records, credit cards and other financial records

* secret investigations of your library and book activities

* secret examination of your medical, travel and business records.

* the freezing of funds and assets without prior notice or appeal

* the creation of secret 'watch lists' that ban those named from air and other travel
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Wow NO ONE In Congress Double Checked That Patriot Act?.....Really?.....Well I Guess I Better Buy A Hotdog, Buy Some Freedom Fries, And Buy Good Seats To The Next Yankees Game And Cancel On Throwing A Bag Of Flaming Poo Throw The White House Wind-(U.S. Government Seizes Me, And Erases My Existence From The World)
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n: A act passed by the United states congress to give the federal government a carte blanche to walk all over the constitution like it's a doormat.
Thanks to the Patriot act, the bill of rights hold about as much depth as Tori Spelling's acting skill.
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The 342-page document, created as a response to 9/11, that takes away all Americans' rights.

Basically, if a person walks down the street incorrectly, or simply speaks out against government policies, they are considered to be a threat, and they will be punished swiftly and severely -- even if they are INNOCENT.

Basically, the entire constitution has been repealed by the passage of this act, and it lays the groundwork for a fascist "police state."
The USA PATRIOT Act is what they mean, when they say that "Freedom Isn't Free."
by Jason L. March 23, 2005
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