USA Patriot Act Used For Many Routine Cases

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http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/ANTI_TERROR_LAWS?SITE=OHCLE&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT In the two years since the USA Patriot Act was passed, prosecutors are increasingly using it against people charged with common crimes, the Associated Press reports. The statute has been invoked in the cases of currency smugglers and seize money hidden overseas by alleged bookies, con artists and drug dealers. Other examples: prosecutors used the act to file a charge of "terrorism using a weapon of mass destruction . . .

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