PATRIOT Act at 10: the 3 worst provisions for ordinary Americans


12 Responses to “PATRIOT Act at 10: the 3 worst provisions for ordinary Americans”

  1. awjt says:

    If your rights have been violated and you are under a gag order to keep it secret, then, it stands to reason that you should SPEAK UP.  That way when you are prosecuted for violating the gag order, then as a matter of public record, they are revealing that you were secretly investigated and their secret is no longer as secret as they were counting on.  And you have done the right thing to try to help other people not get secretly investigated and gag-ordered.  In other words, it’s ALWAYS in your best interest to SPEAK UP.  It’s the golden rule.

    Read up on Steven Hatfill.  Speaking up worked for him; because he was not afraid.  When you are circled by sharks, your best bet to survive is to poke at them aggressively. Attack the attack.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      If your rights have been violated and you are under a gag order to keep it secret, then, it stands to reason that you should SPEAK UP.

      Then they’ll borrow the UK’s ultimately recursive SuperInjunction, which keeps the media from reporting that they’re not allowed to report on being unable to talk about not being able to talk. Dawg.

  2. Mister44 says:

    You know what I really like about this article? It actually says exactly WHAT in the Patriot Act is so ‘wrong’.

    Most people declare, “Patriot Act Bad!!!! Arrrgggglllleeeeee!” with out being able to list anything specific about the law.

  3. alephxero says:

    What is the reason behind the “gag” provision? Is it to keep people from knowing what kind of information the FBI thinks they need to gather (so that they can take care to obfuscate that information)?

  4. mccrum says:

    Can someone put together a companion article listing the best provisions in the PATRIOT Act?  I’d like to see that list as well. 

    I mean, besides the fact that it’s got the word “patriot” in the title.

    • Guest says:

      In theory,it expires if not renewed. That’s the provision I’m putting my hope in. 

      • mccrum says:

        Yeah, because every politician wants to give his enemies the fodder of “They hate Patriots!”

        This thing will never expire until we call it something else, but I do like your way of thinkin’.

  5. michael b says:

    Funny how us “freedom loving Americans” were so quick to make sure that government had entire tool box of laws to pry into anything seen as vaguely “threatening”, whilst plastering up color coded threat level indicators reminding us of the host of unseen (imaginary???), all the while being charged with protecting our freedoms.  Seems to me it’s best to see the fight for freedom on an individual basis instead of relying on government programs that will eventually fail and did allow 19 people with box cutters and financial backing to murder people.  Being free is dangerous, that’s why we seem to like the “less than free” package as presented to us.

  6. Of course Americans will be upset, but that is all they’ll be.  They’ll simple sit, whine and complain.  It is our fault that we allow this.  We vote idiots into office who pass such crap and spend billions of tax dollars (waste), then they slap us in the face for which we say, ‘thank you’ and re-elect themback into office! The cycle never ends.  But government politians say , with a grin on thier face as they race to the bank (that they protect and bail out mind you) “Thankyou and God Bless the Supid American”

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