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Posted at 05:23 PM ET, 09/07/2011

Patriot Act used to fight more drug dealers than terrorists


President Bush signs the Patriot Act of 2005. (Susan Biddle/The Washington Post)

Among the many changes since Sept. 11, 2001, the Patriot Act has been one of the most debated.

Benjamin Wallace-Wells writes in the New York Magazine this week about how the act is doing, 10 years later, calling it the “kitchen sink approach to national security.”

The act makes “it easier to wiretap American citizens suspected of cooperating with terrorism, to snoop through business records without notification, and to execute search warrants without immediately informing their targets (a so-called sneak-and-peek).”

So how has the Patriot Act fared as a defense against terrorism? The act has been used in1,618 drug cases and only 15 terrorism cases. Read his story here.

Or see the full Post coverage of 9/11 here.

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