We’ve been told over and over again by both political parties that the Patriot Act was vital to stopping terrorism, including such clearly unconstitutional measures as National Security Letters and sneak and peek warrants, which allow the police to break into someone’s home or business and collect evidence without even notifying the person or organization that they’ve been the subject of a search. But this chart from a New York Magazine article tells you what that power is really for. It’s for routine law enforcement that has nothing to do with terrorism.
This is simply a power grab for the government. It doesn’t have a damn thing to do with stopping terrorism.