The USA Patriot Act of 2001 should have just been a temporary measure to help get to the terrorists responsible for the 9/11 terror attacks. Once those men were brought to justice, the law should have been repealed or allowed to expire. Instead, the basic elements of the law are still on the books, a move that affects civil liberties of Americans every single day.
The patriot act has several provisions that violate the constitution as well as human rights. American citizens have a right to privacy and should not be harassed by government under the false premise of fighting terrorism. No one should be spied on or have privacy invaded. We have a process and court system for getting information with probable cause already in place.