So, I would agree with you here, but let's be fucking realistic for a change: the American public has every reason to believe, given the full extent of publicly available knowledge about these surveillance programs, that the government is NOT using them to protect the people and stop terrorism; the government is abusing its power to keep its thumb on the Average Joe citizen so they can maintain their power. We know plenty of organizations that entrap underprivileged citizens in false-flag 'terror' attacks and then arrest them the moment they step out of line so they can hail themselves as heroes; all the while, shit like Orlando and Fort Hood keep happening while FBI tip hotline phones are ringing off the hook and they look the other way. There have been numerous times when the government effectively admits that it will refuse to investigate further on some of the worst happenings, yet they will expend endless time, effort, and money to stop trivial things and still somehow fuck it up, like operating kiddie porn sites serving tens of thousands of pedophiles so they can catch five retards one of whom the charges were dropped because the warrant was illegal and therefore the evidence was thrown out, giving drug cartels guns so they can 'track arms movements' before magically losing all of them, and other retarded shit.
Our government is all but openly against us, faggot. If they actually gave two shits about national security and the safety of their borders and citizens, would I agree that unwarranted surveillance via the Patriot Act would be important and necessary? Absolutely. The problem in your logic is that twofold:
hold up the authorities from doing their job and stopping a terrorist attack
They aren't doing their goddamn job trying to stop terror attacks. Fucking Orlando. Everybody had advanced notice. The gun shop owner tipped off the FBI regarding suspicious activity from a man they had personally investigated twice, yet they still determined he was not a threat until he committed one of the worst terror attacks in American history. The man's father was a CIA asset who was in good standing with the current administration, despite his public statements regarding known terrorist organization.
if you have done nothing wrong, then you have nothing to hide
Everyone has something to hide; it could be completely legal, like porn or a legally registered gun. It's called privacy, and now it's not only one of the most important luxuries people can have, it's a BOOMING industry. Millionaires and billionaires are spending massive amounts of money on security. Housing developments that are invisible to Google Maps, private security, fences/walls on private property, the best in digital security… If these people have done nothing wrong, then why do THEY get to have privacy while the filthy commoners have to prostrate themselves at the feet of the wealthy elitists and display all of their secrets for the entire world to see?
IF we had a government that did their job, cared about the people, and legitimately wanted to protect their country and citizens, then I would absolutely agree that something like the Patriot Act would be an important piece of the homeland security puzzle; the problem is that we know for fact that we CANNOT trust these faggots to do their job without labeling anti-government, white nationalist, pro-2nd Amendment people who just want to feel safe inside their own country as potential terrorists. Until we can trust that this power will be used for the proper reasons, they should not get it. Not that they'll give it up. We all know kikes that have power won't give up power until they die.