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When I look at the US, the patriot act is simply retarded. It's saying that none of you know what you are doing and big gov has to do everything for you, it's insulting just from that standpoint let alone the injury from the number of freedoms it removes and the loss of privacy. Any politician, bureaucrat, corporate mouthpiece or banker that says you need the patriot act is a traitor.
originally posted by: DragonsDemesne
I've talked to Americans about this very thing, and the scariest part of all is, that in the unlikely event that they have even *heard* of the Patriot Act, they usually believe that it has actually caught terrorists. The only thing the Patriot Act has caught is politicians in their own lies.
McCain and others argue that the U.S. could have prevented 9/11 if the NSA programs had been in place before the terror attacks.
ThinThread is the name of a project that the United States National Security Agency (NSA) pursued during the 1990s, according to a May 17, 2006 article in The Baltimore Sun. The program involved wiretapping and sophisticated analysis of the resulting data, but according to the article, the program was discontinued three weeks before the September 11, 2001 attacks due to the changes in priorities and the consolidation of U.S. intelligence authority.
USA Freedom Act fails in early hours after long Senate session
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday defended his support for a measure in the USA Patriot Act that has anchored a National Security Agency program to collect Americans’ phone data.
Speaking at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston, McConnell called the measure “an impotent tool to prevent the next terrorist attack,” and pledged to continue fighting for it against recent challenges.
FBI agents can’t point to any major terrorism cases they’ve cracked thanks to the key snooping powers in the Patriot Act,
in a report Thursday that could complicate efforts to keep key parts of the law operating.
the Justice Department’s inspector general said
The Patriot Act did work in a way at least for a short time. Terrorist communication regressed to use a methaphor here to smoke signals.
Even that was short lived. Terrorists today are openly using social media, chat rooms, and boards like these to communicate. Like ISIS has been doing for the past few years.