"The Patriot Act opens the door for freedoms to vanish if someone suddenly decides that YOU or anyone is a TERRORIST because you don't agree with their policies."
The Patriot Act does not address "policy" or differences of opinion. It is focused on (with some exceptions such as telemarketing fraud which was a toss in for convenience) physical acts intended to threaten the American public through physical destruction and personal injury.That includes the financing of terrorism through various money laundering schemes.
"Leads to profiling which people indiscriminantly target a specific group, like what happen to the Japaneses during WWII."
The required background checks are not discriminatory in any way. They are required whether you are from Pakistan or Brazil or Korea, of Spain. It's required for anyone applying for a student or work visa in the US.
I might add that anyone, including US residents, applying to the graduate law, business or med school a major US university will have a background check conducted as part of the admissions process. That check is not required by any US or state law.
"It didn't stop the telemarketing of fraudulent mortgages being sold."
Either you were not on the "Do Not Call" list, or whomever you bank with sold your background to other finance companies. You probably tossed the little flyer your bank sent to you with information on how to opt of those sales. You have to opt out when asked. I get plenty of crap in the mail weekly, but never a phone call.
"Sorry but I am not letting these guys get that much power."
They already have the "power", all it does is allow a single request for multiple phones reducing court time for multiple requests. Until the Act, they would just create the paperwork multiple times. By the way that section of the law applies to all law enforcement be it investigation of a potential terrorist or the local PD tapping the phones of a drug dealer.
"This "law" was created to the pleas of the knee-jerk crowd & that is what the powers @ be are counting on."
All but 1 senator and 100% of the House, Dems, Repubs and Indies, everyone voted for it. Pretty tough to call that a knee jerk reaction. Does it need to be tweeked and amended sure, but not erased.
" This WAR costs about 275 MILLION dollars per day. Someone is making a lot of money & no one can even keep track of it. It is gross."
Even if we walked away from Iraq and Afghanistan tomorrow, the ACT won't go away. The WAR does not support the ACT. They are two separate issues.
"Bottom line we have a government building "an empire" around the world that costs TRILLIONS & you & I AND are paying for it."
They are not trying to "build" an empire, the international relations and international funding of other countries go back to the 1800's. Hey, the US would have never broken away from England without that same financial aid from France. Much of the international funding the US ships abroad is by agreement with the World Bank and various global pacts. Now I'm not saying the cash we throw at Egypt or the Saudi's is by international monetary agreement. That funding for an entirely different purpose.
My point is, the US is not trying to build an empire, it's trying to maintain influence, I wouldn't call it an empire.