Spitzer Caught by Law Intended to Catch Terrorists
March 20th, 2008

Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s outing as a john was the result of the Patriot Act and the case serves as an example of how laws have unintended results once on the books, writes Newsweek. Provisions in the act that require banks to report suspicious activities to the government were originally intended to catch terrorists, but were expanded to include corrupt politicians and white collar criminals. Now, the number of reports on suspicious activities has exploded.

“Terrorism has virtually nothing to do with it,” Peter Djinis, a former top Treasury lawyer, told Newsweek.

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