The Justice Department is using the PATRIOT Act to go after the owners of strip clubs.
This kind of action harms the utility of the PATRIOT Act, which is designed for national defense, not racketeering. The Act was written to extend racketeering laws to terrorism, not terrorism to racketeering laws. If the Justice Department wants to expand their powers to combat racketeering, it should be done under RICO statutes and not the PATRIOT Act. Anything else is a misuse of legislation that harms the government’s credibility and the ability of federal prosecutors to make their cases when the PATRIOT Act needs to be applied for things like actually fighting terrorism.