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At least 35,000 people worldwide have been convicted as terrorists in the decade since the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. But while some bombed hotels or blew up buses, others were put behind bars for waving a political sign or blogging about a protest.
Originally posted by DragonsDemesne
I'll grant that legitimate terrorists have been arrested under the Patriot Act, but think about this. If those same terrorists had been discovered pre-9/11, what do you think the authorities would have done? They would have gathered evidence and then arrested them! They didn't need the draconian legislation of the Patriot Act to do this; they already had all the legal powers they needed to comobat terrorism.