About 10 years ago, when the Patriot Act first came out, I was naively, in favor of it. I started having misgivings about it in W's second term, as I watched the Republican party continue to expand government. But watching this sham "War on Terror" continue without bothering to secure the borders or even make a meaningful attempt to do so, leaves all of us with the simple truth it was about laying the groundwork for controlling more Americans.
That being said, I just wanted to post a link to research on the Patriot Acts, I and II. There are links by CATO, ACLU and others.