On October 26, 2001 the Patriot Act was signed into law in an attempt to make America safer. The Patriot Act has provisions that give the government a lot of legal power to use surveillance and preemptive authority. Although these provisions are meant to be used against terrorists, they are also used against people like you and me.
The problem with the Patriot Act is that it is destroying the very idea of America that it is trying to protect. Ben Franklin once said, "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." By giving up our freedom for safety we are destroying the idea of America. Who needs terrorists when we have the Patriot Act?