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In response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Patriot Act expanded intelligence gathering capabilities including: monitoring of foreign financial transactions, detaining and deporting immigrants suspected of terrorism, wiretaps, business record searches, and surveillance of individuals suspected of terrorist activities. Learn more or See recent Patriot act news
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Not at all do your job and stop letting forgienors in our country. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Dundalk, MD.
The government hold meetings with other countries, if they suspect they are lying, they shouldn't sneak around and put average American's privacy in jeopardy, but should warn the countries and conduct and investigation: if they are guilty, proof will rise, and if there is suspicion of tampered proof, it should suggest the country guilty of something. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Bay City, MI.
Yes, but in it's current form it is too broad - it needs refinement. 1yr ago from a Republican in Spring Hill, FL.
Yes, and I also have no problem with profiling. If someone acts or appears like they may be a threat to the safety of others then they should deal with the consequences. 1yr ago from a Republican in Blue Island, IL.
This act should be abolished, it was passed during the heat of high emotions without thinking about the long term impact it will have on our freedom. Giving this much power to the Government "Humans" has always been detrimental to a Democracy because the human element will always find ways to subvert its intention for their own political or monetary gain. As you see now with the so called rubber stamp courts and that everything is under "Can't disclose due to National Security" even if you as for directions to the Lincoln Memorial. 1yr ago from a Green in Whitestone, NY.
Sadly, we have no choice...there are many people with anti-America sentiments. 1yr ago from a Republican in Dallas, TX.
NO, it was a knee jerk reaction to a situation rather than a well thought out plan. It gives government to much power and curtails liberty from people. Those against it and voted against it later liked it when they assumed power. It is a dangerous path we walk. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Malakoff, TX.
In general I do not support the Patriot Act, as it goes too far in protection of the State or protection of its citizens rights. A "knee jerk" reaction to a situation that all in power have come to accept once they are in power. 1yr ago from a Republican in Malakoff, TX.
I agree with everything else with the exception of the removal of Habeas Corpus for suspected terrorists. It's supposed to be about "innocent until proven guilty". 1yr ago from a Republican in Helotes, TX.
No and all the post 9/11 horseshit needs to be abolished. 1yr ago from a Libertarian in Annapolis, MD.
The government should not spy on allied country's governments nor should it do an indiscriminate surveillance of world citizens. Doing so violate unlawful search and seizure as they collect data on U.S. citizens. The foreign spying has only decimated our international relations w/o providing intel which has prevented attacks. 1yr ago from a Republican in Sterling Heights, MI.
Yes but the government is abusing it. 1yr ago from a Green in Toms River, NJ.
Only for any terrorist information found. 1yr ago from a Green in Rocky Point, NY.
Children should not be subjected to TSA screenings or treated like suspected terrorists. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Diablo, CA.
Profiling is human nature and can only be suppressed. Changing our opinions and judgments can only be achieved by long term experience. Growing up ho many of us thought positively about the USSR and their citizens? Now do most of us event think of them at all? What would your opinion be if Russia was constantly portrayed in the media as the center of peace and harmony. Profiling is a defense mechanism built in by our maker to protect us from harm. Stop doing harmful things as a people and there would be no need to protect ourselves in a blanketed fashion. 1yr ago from a Republican in Richardson, TX.
Yes, but clear boundaries of this power should be affirmed, such as only surveillance gathering with plausible knowledge of wrongdoing. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Somerville, MA.
Like I have any choice in the matter. Things like this are being watched regaurdless of an official act. Best we can hope for is that it's used for all the right reasons that would be the best for the planet and all earthlings. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Adelanto, CA.
The ORIGINAL Patriot Act as it was brought into law, but warrants after any information was recieved would have to go through the legal system with the information prior to obtaining the warrant being useless in court. 1yr ago from a Republican in Geneva, OH.
Yes, but only in cases of direct threat to American soil. 1yr ago from a Republican in Erie, PA.
No, but it was passed in response to the mandate issued by the people to make the nation "safer," so we have to live with the consequences. 1yr ago from a Republican in New Braunfels, TX.
Government surveillance should be allowed in times of war, but should not intrude on the privacy of the people. 1yr ago from a Republican in Wichita Falls, TX.
I would but our government has abused it.....buy doing it on their own people, other countries. 1yr ago from a Green in Summerville, SC.
NO, I think they should require a warrant. That's what the warrant system was set up for. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Grapevine, TX.
Not the whole thing. The NSA thing that Snowden revealed doesn't bother me. Snowden is a traitor. But I don't think we should have to do background checks on every person we employ overseas in doing charity work. 1yr ago from a Republican in New York, NY.
No, it has increased government spending too much. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Bridgeport, WV.
Continuing the survillians in goverment or bussness no in civilians cell phones. 1yr ago from a Republican in Greenville, NC.
Yes, but as long as terrorism is a major issue. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Montville, NJ.
Reasonable cause still needs to be considered. 2yrs ago from a Republican in Walnut, CA.
Yes but politicians should not be able to access it. 2yrs ago from a Republican in Deridder, LA.
Find a middle groung on the Patriot Act. 2yrs ago from a Republican in Killeen, TX.
I dont know enough about it to comment. 2yrs ago from a Republican in Austin, TX.
Racial,Ethnic, profiling should be allowed when it involves the Security of the USA and its citizens! Remove the TSA and Homeland Security and focus on beating and destroying those who would do harm to the USA and its citizens. Harsh and swift! Send everyone who wants to destroy this Country or its citizens a free ride out....never to come back or be killed. 2yrs ago from a Republican in Eugene, OR.
I hold that any people who give up liberties for security gets neither. 2yrs ago from a Republican in Odenton, MD.
No! While it raises the fact that law enforcement techniques and restrictions are out dated and they need modern and efficient ways to detect, monitor and apprehend criminals, the Patriot Act is a horrible example of legislation. 2yrs ago from a Republican in Milwaukee, WI.
It served it's purpose and should have died a natural death...not been passed again. 3yrs ago from a Republican in Reston, VA.