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The Patriot Act was created by Congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2001 after September 11 attacks and other terrorist threats brewing at the time, convinced lawmakers to take serious preventative actions on the home-front. Patriot literally stands for “Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism”.
Critics feared certain provisions of the act would become abused by police officials. The most controversial was the “sneak and peak” search ability given to law enforcement. This loophole would allow them to conduct searches on anybody without their knowledge.
Time has proven that the privacy activists were correct. Since the bill was enacted 11,129 warrant requests have been approved. Of these requests, only 51 were actually for suspected terrorist activities. 9401 of the warrants were taken out for narcotics offenses. This means only .5% of the Patriot Act warrants were taken out to investigate terrorism.
Many of the provisions in the original Patriot Act have since been ruled unconstitutional by Federal Courts. The Bill Of Rights we value so much in this great nation have been violated by the same powers who are supposed to protect these foundations of liberty our nation was built upon.But I digress, you don’t want to get me or Keith started up on civil rights, you should when his Twitter feed blows up.