Patriot Act used to evict the homeless...
- NEWARK, N.J. -- The U.S. Justice Department criticized a New Jersey city Wednesday for
invoking the USA Patriot Act to justify kicking homeless people out of its train station.
In an answer to a lawsuit brought by a homeless man ejected from the Summit train station,
the city cited a section of the Patriot Act regarding "attacks and other violence against mass
But Kevin Madden, a Justice Department spokesman, said Summit has no business invoking
the anti-terrorism law in that way.
"The Patriot Act is a law enforcement tool to identify and track terrorists and stop them from
further attacks on America," he said Wednesday. "To apply it to this case is, shall we say, an
overreaching application of the law."