Quote of the Day - Any suggestion of civil liberties violations is an effort to shift the focus of the discussion away from the facts. There have been no verified civil liberties violations filed against the Patriot Act. Period.
Portions of the Patriot Act that bypass the judiciary when the government wants to conduct searches were ruled unconstitutional by U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero in New York. You can read the ruling here, which has been stayed to allow the Department of Justice to file an appeal, which it will likely do.
We "still have a Constitution around here somewhere," according to Wonkette.