Note: I know this has been posted at ATS but I wanted to include it here for a discussion of the facts from a non-conspiratorial point of view. David Banach has been charged under the Patriot Act for interfering with the operator of a mass transportation vehicle and making false statements to the FBI. The FBI noted that although Mr. Banach's act is not terrorism related it was "foolhardy and negligent." Mr. Banach claims that he and his daughter were simply looking at stars and did not mean to direct the laser at the plane or the helicopter. Full Story My opinion of the Patriot Act was that it was an important piece of temporary legislation and that it should be used only in cases of true terrorist threat or actions. Any - I repeat any - attempts to use it inappropriately or for purposes other than it was designed should be immediately be shouted down and the Act terminated. Well my friends the Patriot Act is now going to used to prosecute a "moron" for what the FBI even acknowledges it is not terrorist related. Yes the guy's an idiot, but IMO the Feds are misuing their power under the Act and need to be called on it. If this man is sucessfully prosecuted - I fear what will be next. Am I overreacting? Is the charge appropriate? Tell me how I've got this wrong. B.