I’ve called for the repeal of the PATRIOT Act ever since its passage, on the ground that it was barely debated by Congress. However, I’ve yet to come across a substantive critique of it that holds water. I suspect that if it really were discussed by Congress, most of its provisions would turn out to be unobjectionable & would pass easily. Yet that hasn’t stopped many people from crying that civil liberties in America are at an historic low. These doomsayers would be more credible if they could give a coherent description of the Act’s contents.
I don’t claim to know all of what’s in the Act, but I recently came across this fairly good defense of it. Perhaps there are other provisions not discussed by MacDonald which are truly objectionable, but, if so, I haven’t heard what they might be.