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USA Patriot Act

October 2001

USA Patriot Act cartoon

Six weeks after the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, a jittery Congress-exiled from its anthrax-contaminated offices and frightened of more terrorist assaults to come-capitulated to the Bush Administration's demands for a new arsenal of anti-terrorism weapons. Over vigorous objections from civil liberties organizations on both ends of the political spectrum, Congress approved the "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act", better known by its acronym, the USA PATRIOT Act. The House voted 356-to-66, the Senate 98-to-1 (October 24, 2001.)

USA Patriot Act (text, 342 pages)
Summary of Federal "USA Patriot Act" OLR, Connecticut General Assembly
Anti-Terrorism Law Proves Threat To Free Expression People for the American Way
CRS Report for Congress Congressional Research Service, Federation Of American Scientists (pdf format)
Patriot Revolution? by Dean Schabner, ABC News
ACLU Sues Bush Administration for Data on Surveillance Methods by Pete Yost, Associated Press

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