Control over our food
and yet, this was done during the depression and ww2. food was rationed. of course, we were encouraged to grow our own, but if you were a farmer the government was controlling your product.
The Patriot Act was before his time.
didn't start there either. these things often come out of war. the Sedition act, throwing Japanese in internment camps, etc. what's different about the Patriot Act is that almost every single thing that was in it, was already available to law enforcement, particularly the DEA. updated were the things that had to do with surveillance and new tech, but other than that, most of it was in use and this just pulled it together.
that's why most of it survived court challenge.
here's another difference: legislation can be challenged in court. the things the alphabet agencies do outside legislation? not so much. they are pretty much unaccountable and untouchable.
hopefully this will have some impact.http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/03/little-guys-and-gals-win-one/