USA Patriot Act Challenged and Defended

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Attorney General John Ashcroft is on a month-long campaign to defend the Patriot Act. Passed just six weeks after September 11 and designed to increase federal powers against terrorism, it was approved overwhelmingly by both parties in Congress. But more recently, the Act has been condemned as an assault on civil rights by the ACLU, local governments and enough conservative Republicans that the House has blocked funding for one major provision. We speak with an ACLU attorney, the creator of the Justice Department's Terrorism Unit, a constitutional law expert, and Vermont Congressman Bernie Sanders, about the Patriot Act, its success in preventing terrorism and its price in civil liberties.
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Peterson's article on funeral of Mohammed Bakir al-Hakim, situation in Iraq

USA Patriot Act of 2001

ACLU suit against Patriot Act

Department of Justice on Patriot Act

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)

Senate Intelligence Committee



Warren Olney