I posted a ton of stuff on this when it was released, using the act itself as a source.
Offhand, my biggest problems is the Affirmative Defense provisions on assett forfeitures. That in short means guilty till proven innocent. The other is secret searches(which I have problems with anyway) that can be authorized by ANY judge, not just in the district. That's an easy opening for abuses of power.
Two names offhand. Dan Harmon. Bill Klinton.
posted on 04/28/2003 4:20:37 PM PDT
by Dan from Michigan
("I have two guns. One for each of ya." - Doc Holliday)
To: Dan from Michigan
Well, forfeiture has been a disgrace for years. I don't think anything done by the Patriot Act can compare with some of the rip-offs that have occurred by prosecutors screaming, "Drugs!" Secret searches also already happen on a regular basis. The only thing I see in the Patriot Act is it calls for a lower standard than was normally in place, and even then, it only applies to "agents of a foreign power."
posted on 04/28/2003 4:25:37 PM PDT
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