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The fact is, there is no reason to call it that. The name is really the "U.S.A.P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act". That's right, it's an acronym--each of those letters is the initial of some word. (I don't remember the specific words; they don't seem important.)
If we want to split that long list of initials into pronounceable words, we don't have to do it the way the law's supporters do. We can just as legitimately split it up in another way. Therefore, I've decided to call it the "USA PAT RIOT" Act.
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