For those here who do not believe the Patriot Act does not target innocent American civilians, here are a list of news sites that prove this claim to
FBI says Patriot Act used in Vegas strip club corruption probe
The FBI used the USA Patriot Act to obtain financial information about key figures in a political corruption probe centered on striptease club owner
Michael Galardi, an agent said.
Webmaster Sherman Austin, jailed under PATRIOT Act, released to halfway house
Political prisoner Sherman Austin, who made headlines last year after being targeted as one of the first casualties of the infamous USA PATRIOT Act,
was released from the Federal Corrections Institute in Tucson and left Arizona July 12 to return to Los Angeles.
Anti-terror laws increasingly used against common criminals
In the two years since law enforcement agencies gained fresh powers to help them track down and punish terrorists, police and prosecutors have
increasingly turned the force of the new laws not on al-Qaida cells but on people charged with common crimes.
Patriot Act available against many types of criminals
Virtually unmentioned, however, is the fact that the Patriot Act extended the government's powers well beyond the terrorism arena.
Patriot Act of 2001 casts wide net
Overall, the policy now allows evidence to be used for prosecuting common criminals even when obtained under extraordinary anti-terrorism powers and
information-sharing between intelligence agencies and the FBI.
Patriot Act's reach has gone beyond terrorism
The Bush administration, which calls the USA Patriot Act perhaps its most essential tool in fighting terrorists, has begun using the law with
increasing frequency in many criminal investigations that have little or no connection to terrorism.
Using The Patriot Act To Target Patriots
The Patriot Act has been used to obtain search warrants against doctors and scientists who had been warning about the threat of bioterrorism in the
Shopkeeper deported from South Carolina under PATRIOT Act killed in Pakistan
After marrying a naturalized U.S. citizen, having two U.S.-born children and running a Rock Hill convenience store for years, Khan was rounded up in
post-Sept. 11, 2001, sweeps that targeted Muslim immigrants.
Art becomes the next suspect in America's 9/11 paranoia
On May 10 Steven Kurtz went to bed a married art professor. On May 11 he woke up a widower. By the afternoon he was under federal investigation for
ARTISTS SUBPOENAED IN USA PATRIOT ACT CASE
Three Four artists have been served subpoenas to appear before a federal grand jury that will consider bioterrorism charges against a university
professor whose art involves the use of simple biology equipment.
Patriot Act used to prosecute U.S. civilian
The CIA contract employee accused of abusing a prisoner in Afghanistan is being prosecuted under the Patriot Act in what legal experts are calling a
surprising and to some, troubling application of the new anti-terrorism law.
British Journalist Detained, Harrassed On Trip To LA
When writer Elena Lappin flew to LA, she dreamed of a sunkissed, laid-back city. But that was before airport officials decided to detain her as a
threat to security.
So for those who want to defend the Patriot Act, these articles clearly seem to indicate the Patriot Act targets American citizens as well.
[edit on 12-10-2004 by John bull 1]