After the September 11, 2001, attacks, Bush authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on people inside the United States without the court approval usually required for domestic spying:
For several years after the presidential order was signed in 2002, the super-secret intelligence agency monitored the international telephone calls and e-mails of hundreds of people inside the country to search for evidence of terrorist activity, the [New York] Times said in an article on its Web site. ... While many details about the program remain secret, officials familiar with it said the NSA eavesdropped without warrants on up to 500 people in the United States at any given time, the newspaper reported.
So, who needs the so-called "PATRIOT" Act when the government spys on citizens without a warrant whenever it pleases?
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