ACLU: The Patriot Act is Rarely Used to Combat Terrorism

| by Michael Allen

In 2001, President Bush promised that the Patriot Act would only be used to fight foreign terrorist threats, but in reality it has most often been applied against Americans on domestic issues. On the 10th anniversary of the Patriot Act, the ACLU released a graphic (below) showing exactly what the Patriot Act has accomplished.

The Patriot Act made it easier for the government to tap phones, read email, collect bank and credit reporting records, and track Americans on the Internet, all without a warrant from a judge.