April 17, 2003
What America does Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) think he's protecting by his proposal to delete the sunset provisions of the USA Patriot Act and extend forever the hollowing of our nation's constitutional protections of individual civil liberties ("A Sly Move by Sen. Hatch," editorial, April 14)? Perhaps he's protecting the late Sen. Joseph McCarthy's vision of America -- but certainly not that of our founding fathers Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, or the millions who came to America to escape tyranny and seek freedom.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2002 |
Participants at a Muslim American conference called on the Immigration and Naturalization Agency Saturday to terminate its registration program and stop "deceptive tactics that frighten law-abiding members of the community." And they asked the INS to disclose the number and locations of people who were detained last week while trying to register.
March 26, 2007
ATTY. GEN. Alberto R. Gonzales has been the cheerleader-in-chief for the USA Patriot Act, the post-9/11 legislation that has made it easier for government investigators to obtain electronic records detailing the habits of ordinary Americans. So when even Gonzales complains that the FBI has been cutting corners in obtaining such sensitive information, Congress needs to take another look at the Patriot Act.
December 8, 2002 |
EUGENE, Ore. -- Hope Marston keeps the seeds of revolution in four plastic crates stacked on the planked floor of her overcrowded bungalow here at the southern edge of this left-leaning college town.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2003 |
Marin County supervisors have approved a resolution opposing the USA Patriot Act and the Homeland Security Act. The vote came Tuesday with just one dissent and over the objections of the county's sheriff and district attorney. The USA Patriot Act gives law enforcement broad powers to search people's homes, examine business records and eavesdrop on phone and computer activity.
October 25, 2009
Along with the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and the Bush administration's illegal eavesdropping on U.S. citizens, the USA Patriot Act came to symbolize the excesses of the post-9/11 war on terrorism. Now, as it weighs the extension of three expiring provisions, the Democratic-controlled Congress has an opportunity to restore key privacy protections that were forgotten in the aftermath of the attacks. Earlier this month, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill to renew the provisions and sent it to the Senate floor.