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The USA PATRIOT Act: The Story of an Impulsive Bill that Eviscerated America's Civil Liberties

• Ammo.com
October 26th marks the 18th anniversary of the signing of the USA PATRIOT Act, a textbook example of how the United States federal government expands its power. An emergency happens, legitimate or otherwise. The media, playing its dutiful role as goad for greater government oversight, demands "something must be done." Government power is massively expanded, with little regard for whether or not what is being done is efficacious, to say nothing of the overall impact on our nation's civil liberties. Do we still need the PATRIOT Act? Did we ever? All laws are certainly a product of their times. But this seems much more acutely true of the USA PATRIOT Act, which was passed in a rush and under duress without due consideration.