Fox News' Reality Check: Patriot Act Fail
Fox News affiliate reports that the "Patriot" Act hasn't stopped the 42 attacks commonly reported, and that most of the few 'victories' were really failures or simply fabricated by the law enforcement that claims them as victories.
"The majority of cases... were not law enforcement victories, they were simply failed attacks.
For instance, shoe bomber Richard Reid. His shoe bombs simply didn't detonate. The Patriot Act powers didn't stop him from trying."
"It is very difficult to quantify how well the Patriot Act has worked in preventing terror attacks, especially when you find that in many of these plots that were broken up the Feds bated suspects, offered in many cases to buy weapons or explosives, and then once that suspect agreed to take part in the plot, they were arrested."