Patriotism v. The USA PATRIOT Act

Is the USA PATRIOT Act an act of patriotism?

For me, the USA PATRIOT Act ranks down with the Alien Act and Sedition Act as examples of the worst legislation possible. Although Franklin wrote this in 1755 and was not addressing local or colony defense, his statement “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety” bears on the issue of the usurpation of the individual’s freedoms in favor of community “security.”

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