That is, I think this was the intention behind the PATRIOT Act all along - to write it in such a way that it could be interpreted very broadly and be used for purposes other than terrorism.
A small number of people were pointing all this out during the PA's infancy but those warnings/pleas fell on mostly deaf ears.
That is exactly right.
Yeah, and those people here who did object to it were treated to pleny of “why do you hate america?” and “go back to DU, Soros plant!” But I guess now that someone with a different letter next to his name is in the white house it’s cool to question handing that much power to the government.
EXCACTLY. Many of us were saying yeah It’s Dubya now. Wait till Hillary gets elected then watch the abuse.
Instead we ended up with Bozo the Clown and the Muslim Brotherhood.
Absolutely right. The problem with this article is that it seems to take the attitude that the Patriot Act was a good and sound law, it's just that the powers that it provides the government fell into the wrong hands.
The bottom line is that the Patriot Act should be opposed in any administration's hands.