What concerns me about the Patriot Act is the fact that it apparently gives the
government very broad latitude in regards to "suspected" terrorists.
One of the main reasons why we have a constitution, however, is that the
founders doubted the wisdom of giving the government (even a democratically
elected one) too much power. And one of the main reasons that we have the 4th
amendment is that the founders were particularly concerned about giving the
government the power to search people without probable cause. Governments are
capable of, and historically have committed, very serious abuses of the rights
of their citizens. Unfortunately, when governments have power to engage in
unrestricted (or virtually unrestricted) searches, their capacity for abuse
increases. This is why it seems important to me that the government be
carefully circumscribed in its ability to act on its "suspicions."
And this is why I am wary of the Patriot Act.