(18.) See, e.g., ACLU.org, The Sun Also Sets: Understanding the Patriot Act
"Sunsets," http://action.aclu.org/reformthepatriotact/sunsets.html (last visited Nov.
"As your committee debates the future of the Patriot Act
in the next few months, NLC wants to assure you that the nation's cities stand ready to defend the homeland against acts of terrorism," the letter stated.
Padavano assured the audience that BOMA is working with the government to make the Patriot Act
easier to navigate.
addition, the PATRIOT Act
looks much more at the high-tech world that
The Bureau did not really need the Patriot Act
to fight the war on terror, except as a signal that it now had a go-ahead for the domestic intelligence investigations it should have been carrying out all along.
Some data retention regulations, such as SEC Rule 17a-4 have existed since the 1930s and have recently been amended to include e-mail; others, such as the Patriot Act
are relatively new.
The executive edicts, the war against Iraq, and the alleged use of torture have all elicited protest, but what differentiates the opposition to the Patriot Act
is the fact that it has enabled the population to move beyond vocalizing dissent to retarding, and potentially reversing, the executive's inclination to carry out actions divorced from the will of the people.
The Patriot Act
, says Ari Schwartz of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Democracy and Technology, "is clearly number one" on the list of the Bush Administration's sins against privacy, while its utility against terror is much less clear.
Since its passage in October 2001, the Patriot Act
has decimated many basic American civil liberties.
The threat posed by the PATRIOT Act
to civil liberty derives in large part from its shifting of power.
Yet in September they learned that the government will seek their deportation under the Patriot Act
for distributing Palestinian magazines and raising humanitarian aid in Los Angeles more than twenty years ago.
Congress is currently debating whether to renew portions of the Patriot Act
that are set to expire in 2005.