The entire concept of homeland security and the Patriot Acts seems to contradict the basis of this nation. Ensuring the safety of U.S. citizens is undoubtedly important, however, is it worth it if in keeping the people protected the federal government may at times infringe upon the individual liberties we possess?? The Patriot Acts have given the government the power and authority to dive deeper into our personal lives than ever before. Tracking communications and holding people in custody without a formal charge being placed on them are in opposition to the rights citizens have in this nation. I just wanted to know what everyone thought of such trade-off...is it justified??