Another 9/11 - Page 2
The USA PATRIOT ACT is a law that was passed without the legislators even knowing what was in it. It is extremely dangerous, in a lot of ways, but also a strong tool for finding and stopping terrorists. I tend towards not liking it. Some of the most dangerous parts of it are set to expire, this year, I think. It gives police the authority to get secret search
warrants, gives law enforcement extensive powers, and provides for wiretapping into computers that can be very chilling to speech rights.
At the moment, these tools are being used only towards terrorism. But there is always the opportunity for abuse, and there isn't much in the way of oversight of the police.
Civil libertarians and deep conservatives are very wary of this law.