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OPINION
September 6, 2003
"Powers of Patriot Act in Eye of the Beholder" (Sept. 2) provides little to clarify the areas of "misconception" that people have regarding the USA Patriot Act. The only thing that is clear to me is that there are sections in the act that do undermine our constitutional rights. Using the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Court, a secret tribunal (emphasis on the word "secret"), to circumvent the usual grand jury process in criminal investigations deprives a suspect of due process. The broad nature of the Patriot Act's definition of "domestic terrorism" should give us all cause for concern.
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OPINION
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.
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OPINION
August 30, 2003
It's a bitter irony that Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft's Justice Department is touting his freedom-depriving coup, the USA Patriot Act (Aug. 20), at the Web site www.lifeandliberty.gov. The Patriot Act goes so far in gutting the liberties guaranteed to Americans under the Bill of Rights -- removing protections against unreasonable search and seizure, the right to due process under the law, the right to a speedy trial (ask anyone at Guantanamo) -- that the surgical tool used might as well have been a machete.
NATIONAL
October 11, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The Bush administration is appealing a ruling by a federal judge in Portland who struck down key portions of the USA Patriot Act as unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken ruled last month the act cannot be used to authorize secret searches and wiretapping to gather criminal evidence -- instead of intelligence gathering -- without violating the 4th Amendment ban on unreasonable searches and seizures.
OPINION
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 | Cara Mia DiMassa, Times Staff Writer
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.
OPINION
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.
NATIONAL
December 8, 2002 | Scott Martelle, Times Staff Writer
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
OPINION
April 28, 2004
I find it sadly ironic that on the April 25 front page there was an article regarding the World War II Japanese internment camps and another article indicating U.S. support of the USA Patriot Act. When will we learn? Marlene Forstrom Rancho Mirage
NATIONAL
September 7, 2007 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
The Bush administration's war on terrorism suffered another legal setback Thursday when a federal judge struck down part of the revised USA Patriot Act. U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero ruled that investigators eventually must get a court's approval when ordering Internet providers and phone companies to turn over records without telling customers.
OPINION
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.
NATIONAL
March 12, 2007 | Walter F. Roche Jr., Times Staff Writer
U.S. Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales has so politicized the Justice Department that he should step down for the sake of the nation, the Senate's third-ranking Democrat said Sunday. Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York -- citing recent disclosures about the FBI's improper use of administrative subpoenas to obtain private records and the controversy over the dismissal of eight U.S.
NATIONAL
March 10, 2007 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
Angry lawmakers on Friday threatened to amend the USA Patriot Act and limit the FBI's powers in the wake of a disclosure that agents had improperly obtained confidential records of people in the United States.
NATIONAL
March 9, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
An internal Justice Department report accuses the FBI of underreporting its use of the Patriot Act to force businesses to turn over customer information in terrorism cases, according to officials. The report, to be released today, also says the FBI failed to send follow-up subpoenas to telecommunications companies that were told to expect them, according to several government officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because the report had not yet been released.
NATIONAL
March 9, 2007 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
The Bush administration, accused of politicizing the hiring and firing of U.S. attorneys, agreed Thursday not to oppose legislation to restore rules ensuring Senate oversight when new prosecutors are named, Senate Democrats said. The Justice Department also agreed to make five senior officials available to the Senate Judiciary Committee for questioning about the removal of eight U.S. attorneys in recent months, according to Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.
NATIONAL
January 19, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Atty. Gen. nominee Alberto R. Gonzales told the Senate that he supported extending the expired federal assault weapons ban. Gonzales also said he wanted Congress to reauthorize the Patriot Act this year, despite complaints that it was too intrusive. "I believe the USA Patriot Act has greatly improved our nation's ability to detect and prevent terrorist attacks," Gonzales told the Senate Judiciary Committee in written answers to questions. A vote on his nomination is expected this week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Board of Supervisors, on a 9-1 vote, passed a resolution opposing the federal Patriot Act. "The USA Patriot Act encourages the use of racial profiling and creates an atmosphere of hate against immigrants who have done nothing wrong," Supervisor Jake McGoldrick said. The Patriot Act was passed in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. It gives the government new powers to obtain personal information about U.S. citizens in an attempt to prevent future attacks.
NATIONAL
February 7, 2007 | Adam Schreck, Times Staff Writer
The recent forced resignations of six top federal prosecutors, including two in California, were based on "performance-related" concerns and were not politically motivated, a Justice Department official testified Tuesday on Capitol Hill. Appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Deputy Atty. Gen. Paul J. McNulty defended the dismissals. "The indisputable fact is that United States attorneys serve at the pleasure of the president," he said. "They come and they go for lots of reasons."
NATIONAL
March 10, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A day before parts of the Patriot Act were to expire, President Bush signed into law a renewal that will allow the government to keep using expanded powers passed after the Sept. 11 attacks. Bush's signature came two days after the House gave final approval to the legislation over objections that it infringes on Americans' privacy. The president said the law had been vital to protecting Americans from terrorists. .
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