USA Patriot Act is actually an acronym for :

Uniting and
 Strengthening
  America by
    Providing
     Appropriate
      Tools
       Required to
        Intercept and
        Obstruct
         Terrorism
          Act

Patriot Raid
By Jason Halperin
AlterNet : April 29, 2003

Two weeks ago I experienced a very small taste of what hundreds of South
Asian immigrants and U.S. citizens of South Asian descent have gone through
since 9/11, and what thousands of others have come to fear. I was held,
against my will and without warrant or cause, under the USA PATRIOT Act.
While I understand the need for some measure of security and precaution in
times such as these, the manner in which this detention and interrogation
took place raises serious questions about police tactics and the
safeguarding of civil liberties in times of war.


That night, March 20th, my roommate Asher and I were on our way to see the
Broadway show 'Rent.' We had an hour to spare before curtain time so we
stopped into an Indian restaurant just off of Times Square in the heart of
midtown. I have omitted the name of the restaurant so as not to subject the
owners to any further harassment or humiliation.
 

We helped ourselves to the buffet and then sat down to begin eating our
dinner. I was just about to tell Asher how I'd eaten there before and how
delicious the vegetable curry was, but I never got a chance. All of a
sudden, there was a terrible commotion and five NYPD in bulletproof vests
stormed down the stairs. They had their guns drawn and were pointing them
indiscriminately at the restaurant staff and at us.
 
'Go to the back, go to the back of the restaurant,' they yelled.

I hesitated, lost in my own panic.
 
'Did you not hear me, go to the back and sit down,' they demanded.
 
I complied and looked around at the other patrons. There were eight men
including the waiter, all of South Asian descent and ranging in age from
late-teens to senior citizen. One of the policemen pointed his gun
point-blank in the face of the waiter and shouted: 'Is there anyone else in
the restaurant?' The waiter, terrified, gestured to the kitchen.
 
The police placed their fingers on the triggers of their guns and kicked
open the kitchen doors. Shouts emanated from the kitchen and a few seconds
later five Hispanic men were made to crawl out on their hands and knees,
guns pointed at them.
 
After patting us all down, the five officers seated us at two tables. As
they continued to kick open doors to closets and bathrooms with their
fingers glued to their triggers, no less than ten officers in suits emerged
from the stairwell. Most of them sat in the back of the restaurant typing on
their laptop computers. Two of them walked over to our table and identified
themselves as officers of the INS and Homeland Security Department.
 
I explained that we were just eating dinner and asked why we were being
held. We were told by the INS agent that we would be released once they had
confirmation that we had no outstanding warrants and our immigration status
was OK'd.
 
In pre-9/11 America, the legality of this would have been questionable.
After all, the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution states: 'The right of
the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects,
against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated; and no
warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or
affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched and the
persons or things to be seized.'
 
'You have no right to hold us,' Asher insisted.
 
'Yes, we have every right,' responded one of the agents. 'You are being held
under the Patriot Act following suspicion under an internal Homeland
Security investigation.'
 
The USA PATRIOT Act was passed into law on October 26, 2001 in order to
facilitate the post 9/11 crackdown on terrorism (the name is actually an
acronym: 'Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools
Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act.') Like most Americans, I
did not recognize the extent to which this bill foregoes our civil
liberties. Among the unprecedented rights it grants to the federal
government are the right to wiretap without warrant, and the right to detain
without warrant. As I quickly discovered, the right to an attorney has been
seemingly fudged as well.
 
When I asked to speak to a lawyer, the INS official informed me that I do
have the right to a lawyer but I would have to be brought down to the
station and await security clearance before being granted one. When I asked
how long that would take, he replied with a coy smile: 'Maybe a day, maybe a
week, maybe a month.'
 
We insisted that we had every right to leave and were going to do so. One of
the policemen walked over with his hand on his gun and taunted: 'Go ahead
and leave, just go ahead.'
 
We remained seated. Our IDs were taken, and brought to the officers with
laptops. I was questioned over the fact that my license was out of state,
and asked if I had 'something to hide.' The police continued to hassle the
kitchen workers, demanding licenses and dates of birth. One of the kitchen
workers was shaking hysterically and kept providing the day's date - March
20, 2003, over and over.
 
As I continued to press for legal counsel, a female officer who had been
busy typing on her laptop in the front of the restaurant, walked over and
put her finger in my face. 'We are at war, we are at war and this is for
your safety,' she exclaimed. As she walked away from the table, she
continued to repeat it to herself? 'We are at war, we are at war. How can
they not understand this.'
 
I most certainly understand that we are at war. I also understand that the
freedoms afforded to all of us in the Constitution were meant specifically
for times like these. Our freedoms were carved out during times of strife by
people who were facing brutal injustices, and were intended specifically so
that this nation would behave differently in such times. If our freedoms
crumble exactly when they are needed most, then they were really never
freedoms at all.
 
After an hour and a half the INS agent walked back over and handed Asher and
me our licenses. A policeman took us by the arm and escorted us out of the
building. Before stepping out to the street, the INS agent apologized. He
explained, in a low voice, that they did not think the two of us were in the
restaurant. Several of the other patrons, though of South Asian descent,
were in fact U.S. citizens. There were four taxi drivers, two students, one
newspaper salesman - unwitting customers, just like Asher and me. I doubt,
though, they received any apologies from the INS or the Department of
Homeland Security.
 
Nor have the over 600 people of South Asian descent currently being held
without charge by the Federal government. Apparently, this type of treatment
is acceptable. One of the taxi drivers, a U.S. citizen, spoke to me during
the interrogation. 'Please stop talking to them,' he urged. 'I have been
through this before. Please do whatever they say. Please for our sake.'
 
Three days later I phoned the restaurant to discover what happened. The
owner was nervous and embarrassed and obviously did not want to talk about
it. But I managed to ascertain that the whole thing had been one giant
mistake. A mistake. Loaded guns pointed in faces, people made to crawl on
their hands and knees, police officers clearly exacerbating a tense
situation by kicking in doors, taunting, keeping their fingers on the
trigger even after the situation was under control. A mistake. And,
according to the ACLU a perfectly legal one, thanks to the Patriot Act.
 
The Patriot Act is just the first phase of the erosion of the Fourth
Amendment. From the Justice Department has emerged a draft of the Domestic
Securities Enhancement Act, also known as Patriot II. Among other things,
this act would allow the Justice Department to detain anyone, anytime,
secretly and indefinitely. It would also make it a crime to reveal the
identity or even existence of such a detainee.
 
Every American citizen, whether they support the current war or not, should
be alarmed by the speed and facility with which these changes to our
fundamental rights are taking place. And all of those who thought that these
laws would never affect them, who thought that the Patriot Act only applied
to the guilty, should heed this story as a wake-up call. Please learn from
my experience. We are all vulnerable so speak out and organize, our Fourth
Amendment rights depend upon it.
 
Jason Halperin lives in New York City and works at Doctors Without Borders/Medicins San Frontieres.

If you are moved by this account, he asks that you consider donating to your local ACLU chapter.
Source :  httpp://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=15770



You can see that all of the words in the Star Art of USA PATRIOT ACT are spelled using only those letters spelling the name itsElf ....


USA PATRIOT ACT
... from the letters ...
ACIOPRSTTU
..... revealing .....

IS IT A UTOPIA ?
IS IT A PROSAIC ACT ?
IT IS A UTOPIA'S ACT ?
IT'S TAROT IS ~ IT IS A TRAP
AS A RAPIST ACTS AT IT
IT IS A RACIST TRAP
IT IS A RAPIST TRAP
ACTORS ACT AT IT
IT IS AUTIST TRIP
IT IS AUTIST CRAP
AS IT IS A CAPO'S ACT
IT IS A CAPTIOUS ACT
IT IS A USA CAPTOR ACT
IT IS A USA CRAP ACT TO TRAP
IT ACTS AS A USA AUTOPSIC ACT
ITS CORPUS ACTS TO TRAP PATRIOTS
ITS CORPUS ACTS TO TRIP US UP
ITS SCRIPT IS TO TRAP US
AS IT IS A RACIST ACT
IT IS A USA COUP
COPS ACT AT IT
CURS ACT IT
A SAP ACTS AT IT
A PURIST ACTS AT IT
AS A RACIST ACTS AT IT
A PIOUS PASTOR ACT AT IT
IT ACTS TO SCAR OUR USA
AS IT TRAPS A USA TOURIST
IT IS A USA CAPO ICTUS
AS IT TOUTS ITS ACTS
IT IS ITS PIOUS CRAP
CAIRO TO CASTRO
PARIS TO PISA
PORT TO PORT
COAST TO COAST
IT IS A TACIT ACT
IT ACTS AS A TRAP
AS IT IS PIOUS CRAP
IT STOP US AT OUR PORTS

IT'S COST ?
IT IS A USA COUP
AS A COURT IS ITS COSTAR
AS COURTS ACT STOP PATRIOTS
ARTIST ACTS TO POST ITS STAR ARTS
SO IT IS

TO STOP RACIST USA PATRIOT ACTS
USA PATRIOTS OPT OUT
USA CUTS IT OUT
I OPT OUT

ITS OPUS IS
IT IS A USA OUTCAST ACT
IT IS A RACIST TRAP
IT IS A USA TRAP
IT IS USA CRAP
A CAPO ACT
A COUP

IT IS A PACT TO ACT AS A RACIST
ITS PARTS ACT TO STRIP US
ITS PARTS ACT TO STOP US
SO USA IS TO POSIT IT TO STOP
ITS STAR ARTS STOP
USA IS TO SCRAP IT
....



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autopsic
autopsy  n. pl. autopsies
1. Examination of a cadaver to determine or confirm the cause of death. Also Called necropsy Also Called postmortem Also Called postmortem examination .
2. A critical assessment or examination after the fact: a post-election campaign autopsy.
[Greek autopsia a seeing for oneself auto- auto- opsis sight]
autopsic or autopsical adj. autopsist n.

capo 2  n. pl. capos 1. The head of a branch of an organized crime syndicate.
[Italian from Latin caput, head]

captious adj.
1. Marked by a disposition to find and point out trivial faults.
2. Intended to entrap or confuse, as in an argument: a captious question.
[Middle English capcious from Old French captieux from Latin captiosus from captio seizure, sophism from captus, past participle of capere to seize] captiously adv.  captiousness n.

captor  n.
1. One that takes another as a captive.
[Late Latin captor hunter from Latin capere to seize]

corpus  n. pl. corpora  Abbr. cor.
1. A large collection of writings of a specific kind or on a specific subject.
2. The principal or capital, as distinguished from the interest or income, as of a fund or estate.
3. Anatomy a. The main part of a bodily structure or organ. b. A distinct bodily mass or organ having a specific function.
4. Music The overall length of a violin.

cur  n.
1. A dog considered to be inferior or undesirable; a mongrel.
2. A base or cowardly person.

ictus  n. pl. ictus or ictuses Medicine
1. A sudden attack, blow, stroke, or seizure.

tacit adj.
1. Not spoken: indicated tacit approval by smiling and winking.
2. a. Implied by or inferred from actions or statements: Management has given its tacit approval to the plan.
     b. Law Arising by operation of the law rather than through direct expression.
3. Archaic Not speaking; silent.
[Latin tacitus silent, past participle of tacreto be silent] tacitly adv. tacitness n.





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