Currently, the Act permits law enforcement to compel, with a minimal showing to a judge, any person or entity to turn over any ‘tangible thing’ related to almost any person, including innocent Americans.

One of the very first things I (Brandon, here, filling in until they hire my replacement) ever wrote for ARL – the Library Association Statement on Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act and National Security Letters (scroll down past the statement on that particular PATRIOT Act re-auth). Hate to say I told you so.