The Patriot Act: How it effects you
Michael Webster, Investigative Reporter
Amereican Chronicle, February 15, 2008
The Patriot Act was passed into law on October 24, 2001 by the Congress of the United States, just 45 days after the September 11 attacks, with virtually no debate. There are significant flaws in the Patriot Act, flaws that threaten your fundamental freedoms by giving the government the power to access your medical records, tax records, information about the books you buy or borrow without probable cause, and the power to break your door down at your home and conduct unconstitutional searches or if your not home search your home or business in secret without telling you for weeks, months, or even indefinitely.
The federal government has turned American freedoms into a world wide mockery with their unchecked spying on ordinary Americans, part of a broad pattern of the executive branch using "national security" and or "suspected terrorism " as an excuse for encroaching on the privacy and free speech rights of Americans without adequate oversight. It can eliminate protections against unlawful imprisonment and now many rights in U.S. legal system are absent ? such as the right of habeas corpus Consortiumnews.com
? And violations of due process for all Americans. All the president has to do is call a citizen an "enemy combatant," and the person