Yes, I am aware of the the Patriot Act. Here's what i am trying to make you aware of. There are numerous people including myself who feel that the Constitution was never written for people like my ancestors and we weren't included and there is ample evidence to support this. So some may say, we didn't have Constitutional Rights in the first place and that's why so many figures of authority (politicians, judges, law enforcement) have treated us a certain way over the years. They have justified it in their own heads so they treat us a certain way. So trying to tell a group of people who feel that way, that if they don't do such and such, they may lose something that they never felt that they had in the first place, probably ain't going to work. Do you understand? It's like going to some country and finding a group of people who are beaten and isolated from society and saying "hey guys if you don't take actions, A, B and C, you MAY be beaten and isolated from society" They will probably scratch their heads and say, "we're already being beaten and isolated from society". Laying out consequences of what may happen to people who are already living those consequences, probably isn't going to change their behavior or get them more interested in the topic that you are discussing.
As far as the War on Drugs, i am very well aware of the W.o.D. and the impact on the Black community in the U.S. as this has been something I have been railing against and telling people about since I was a teenager in the 1990s. Let's just say I am very well versed on that subject and leave it at that. To me, it's just further evidence that the rights of certain people do not exist or at the very least, the government will find ways to subvert those rights.
I don't disagree with what you are saying as far as rights can be taken away, what i am saying is, there are disaffected populations who feel their rights have already been taken away or those rights never existed in the first place because people of authority routinely violate those rights. It's hard to tell people who are already living the consequences that "hey, if this happens, this may be the consequences" They are living it already. As far as the surveillance and technology, private companies are already tracking and surveilling people. They have convinced us as consumers to buy products for convenience which are nothing more than bugs to listen in on us. We traded our privacy for convenience through technology a long time ago. I will say though, that they may try to do things to a larger population which would affect more people.
With that beings aid, good conversation, but let's get back to bball or what people are watching, i'm not trying to get into socio-political conversations on this board (although i have but I prefer to keep it light)