The PATRIOT Act was all about stopping terrorism, right? We were told that special provisions that ate away at our civil liberties were needed specifically to catch dangerous terrorists — and that the reason for such an abdication of our rights had nothing to do with simply giving the government more useful surveillance powers.
Aaron DeOliveira points us to a fascinating chart that shows how often law enforcement has been using “sneak-and-peek” warrants. These warrants let officials search private property without letting the target of the investigation know. Again, we were told that these expanded powers were needed to stop terrorism. So what have they been used for? Take a look:
Yup. They’re all pretty much being used in drug cases. Now some might make the argument that it’s important to go after drug dealers — but that’s not how the PATRIOT Act was supposed to be used.
Perverse Trading Trend Exposes Biggest Financial Scandal of All Time
After sifting through hundreds of financial documents — from archives spanning 22 years — this top investigative journalist has uncovered what must be one of the best-disguised paper trails in accounting history. Inside it lays a perverse trading trend which exposes a scandal of such magnitude — it promises to dwarf all those that came before it.