Chip Pitts is a lecturer in law at Stanford Law School,
board president of the Bill of Rights Defense
Committee and a volunteer leader and board member or advisor to
other civil liberties and human rights groups.
After a campaign of distortion and deception, the USA Patriot Act is about to be renewed. It's a deeply flawed law that will be used mainly against dissidents, immigrants, Muslims or ordinary people accused of crimes unrelated to terrorism.