I would stop objecting to the PATRIOT act if they would amend it to say that everything they looked at was absolutely sealed. That a government person who revealed a single detail would go to prison. And, that the information could never, ever be used as probably cause or evidence for anything other than an immediate threat.Basically, I would have them subject to pretty much the same rules as a psychiatrist relative to his patient's records. No talking. No cooperating with law enforcement. No nothing unless there is an immediate, demonstrable threat of harm.
If they find out that you are selling drugs, laundering money, or cheating the IRS, they are not allowed to tell anyone.
If they added that to the PATRIOT act, I would believe they were sincere about it's being applicable to terrorism and not a stalking horse for the police state.