One way that the Patriot Act is helping the well-being of the United States is by authorizing wiretaps of people thought to be involved in acts of terrorism. Wiretapping is the listening-in on telephone, telegraph or teletype or communications. It is usually accomplished by attaching taps and listening or recording equipment to the communications wires. These wiretaps help because they help listen in on people who we feel may be involved in some type of terrorism. There are rules against unconsititutional uses of this subdivision of the act. For instance, F.B.I. agents cannot eavesdrop unless that get a judge's written permission. They do that by showing how the suspect is a terrorist. Another rule is that they must notify the judge when they tap another phone of the same person. [Article #3, A Vital Weapon]
Subpoenaing records is another way that the Patriot act is in someway benefiting us. Subpoenaing records is when someone is forced to bring before a court of papers, documents, or other tangible items of evidence. Records cannot be withheld from a subpoena even if the documents would incriminate officers or other members of the foreign corporation. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subpoena_duces_tecum] This will allow any record of organizations AGAINST the safety of the United States to be brought to light. Before the F.B.I. can subpoena... [continues]
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