I actually could see the merits in the Patriot Act and why in an age where the enemy is increasingly elusive and invisible, information gathering is absolutely paramount. Especially as a response to the gutting of US intelligence assets in the 90's I think it has its merits. Has its flaws too but most of the "scary" stuff has an expiration date (as far as I know). This sort of stuff actually will not affect folks who are not crazy about blowing up the USA. The more annoying and scary intelligence gathering is already being done by companies world wide who are trying to find customers. They will get your phone number from some sort of source, call you without your permission, usually when you're having dinner.
Scared of the US government's database on you? The private sector's got it as well and I bet they run it better than the government does.
The ability to disconnect an individual or an organization from the internet is kinda small compared to the Patriot Act... so much so that it reads an awful like it would belong to one of the numerous sections covered by the Patriot Act.