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Are_grits_groceries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 11:04 AM
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10 Years After the Patriot Act, 3 of the Most Dangerous Provisions Affecting Ordinary Americans ( )
1. SECTION 215 ANY TANGIBLE THING

Under this provision, the FBI can obtain secret court orders for business records and other tangible things so long as the FBI says that the records are sought "for an authorized investigation . . . to protect against international terrorism or clandestine intelligence activities." The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court must issue the order if the FBI so certifies, even when there are no facts to back it up. These things can include basically anythingdrivers license records, hotel records, car-rental records, apartment-leasing records, credit card records, books, documents, Internet history, and more. Adding insult to injury, Section 215 orders come with a "gag " prohibiting the recipient from telling anyone, ever, that they received one.
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2. NATIONAL SECURITY LETTERS

Among the most used -- and outright frightening -- provisions in the PATRIOT Act are those that enhanced so-called National Security Letters (NSLs). The FBI can issue NSLs itself, without a court order, and demand a variety of records, from phone records to bank account information to Internet activity. As with 215 orders, recipients are gagged from revealing the orders to anyone.

While NSLs existed prior to 2001, they were infrequently used. The PATRIOT Act lowered the standard making it easier for the FBI to use NSLs to obtain the records of innocent people with no direct link to terrorists or spies, and their use skyrocketed. According to the ACLUs report on PATRIOT Act abuses, there were 8,500 NSLs issued in 2000 but approximately 192,000 issued between 2003-2006. All of these NSLs led to one terror conviction, and in that case, the NSL wasnt even needed.
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3. SNEAK AND PEEK WARRANTS

Section 213 of the PATRIOT Act normalized sneak-and-peek warrants. These allow law enforcement to raid a suspects house without notifying the recipient of the seizure for months. These orders usually don't authorize the government to actually seize any property but that won't stop them from poking around your computers. Again, sneak-and-peek warrants could be used for any investigation, even if the crime was only a misdemeanor.
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https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/10/ten-years-later-l...

What country is this? GAH!
I knew some of this, but........


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Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 12:09 PM
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1. This is important.
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azul Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 12:14 PM
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2. The "patriot" act is the creation and refuge of scoundrels.
Kill it before it further multiplies.
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AsahinaKimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 12:18 PM
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3. This has to be
Repealed as well as the use of torture. Its not in any, shape, or form American in the least.
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Mnemosyne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 12:28 PM
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4. Treasonous document. imho. n/t
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