This first post is to tell about this thread. I've decided, since it is such a controversial piece, to break down HR 3162/Public Law 107-56/USA PATRIOT Act. I'm not going to say whether it is good, bad, or whatever. This thread is only about looking at it with an open mind and drawing conclusions solely on fact. I feel that a separate thread is necessary that looks at this Act without bias, rumors, hearsay, etc. I will post pieces of the Act a little at a time, as well as the parts of the United States Codes that it is referring to. If any contributions are to be made to the thread, I only want cited sources posted in here. Here is a link to Cornell University Legal Information Institute's resources on the US Codes if you want to follow allong: LII: U.S. Code: Home . I will tell what to look for, including which Title, Subtitle, Chapter, Subchapter, etc. I am referencing pdfs obtained from the following: Download U.S. Code . I will be referencing 01USC-25USC with pdfs obtained from 110th Congress, 2nd Session and 25USC-50USC obtained from 110th Congress, 1st Session. I am also well aware of another controversial piece which has been distributed known as Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003. That will be covered much later. For now, I'm only going to focus on a section-by-section analysis of HR3162 and it's amendments. By the time I'm finished, all of this document will be broken down, along with its amendments. While I won't be able to do this all in a day, please be patient (I also have a life beyond here:smile. I'm only going to be posting the table of contents to start with and then highlight a few sections at a time since this is a rather large document. I feel that this will be helpful for future threads/posts relating to the PATRIOT Act so people will have references from the actual document.