Where was all the uproar when Patriot Act passed?

While reading about, and watching, the anti-gun control rally in Albany, I wondered where all the protesters concerned about their constitutional rights were in 2001, when the Patriot Act was passed. This sweeping law infringes on more of their privacy and security than any gun control legislation.

Among other provisions, the Patriot Act gives U.S. government agents the right to descend on a public library and obtain records of citizens’ reading habits, both in print and on the computer. While this scenario is not as visually stimulating as that of jack-booted thugs rappelling from black helicopters to confiscate the weapons of law-abiding citizens, it should be more chilling.

Larry Finkelstein

East Amherst