The USA PATRIOT ACT:
Expand terrorism laws to include "domestic terrorism" which could subject political organizations to surveillance, wiretapping, harassment, and criminal action for political advocacy.
Expands the ability of law enforcement to conduct secret searches, gives them wide powers of phone and Internet surveillance, and access to highly personal medical, financial, mental health, and student records with minimal judicial oversight.
Allows FBI Agents to investigate American citizens for criminal matters without probable cause of crime if they say it is for "intelligence purposes.'
Permits non-citizens to be jailed based on more suspision and to be denied re-admission to the US for engaging in free speech. Suspect convicted of no crime may be detained indefinitely in six month increments without meaningful judicial review.
What rights are being threatened?
First Amendment freedom of religion, speech, assembly, and the press.
Fourth Amendment Freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures.
Fifth Amendment No person to be deprived of life, liberty or properly without due process of law.
Sixth Amendment Right to a speedy public trial by an impartial jury, right to be informed of the facts of... [continues]
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