The American Civil Liberties Union Wednesday filed the first lawsuit against the Patriot Act, the anti-terrorism law passed after the attacks of September 11, 2001.
The lawsuit claims one section of the law authorizing searches of records, including those of businesses, libraries and bookstores, is unconstitutional.
"This lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, which vastly expands the power of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to obtain records and other 'tangible things' of people not suspected of criminal activity," the lawsuit states.
Go ACLU!!! (I'm a "card carrying member," and proud of it.) While I all for fighting terrorism, if we give up our civil rights in the battle, I think to some extent that means the terrorists have already won. CNN has a story about the lawsuit here.