An archive of Democracy Now! reports on the USA PATRIOT Act since it was signed into law by President George W. Bush on October 26, 2001. It has been reauthorized several times by both President Bush and President Barack Obama.

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  • Attorney General John Ashcroft has appealed a ruling by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. In a unanimous ruling made public last Thursday, the court rejected a secret request made by the Justice Department this year to allow broader cooperation and evidence-sharing between counterintelligence investigators and criminal prosecutors. The court found the request was "not reasonably designed" to safeguard the privacy of...
    August 26, 2002 | Story
  • For the first time since the Cold War, the FBI is visiting public libraries to keep tabs on the reading habits of people the government considers dangerous.
    June 25, 2002 | Story
  • Rabih Haddad’s case and the thousands of detained and disappeared in this country has caused barely a blip inmainstream public opinion or the US media in the prevailing mood of indulgence towards law enforcement agencies. Thepassage of the USA PATRIOT Act and recent executive actions by the Bush administration offer some context for the newwave of repression against Muslim-American communities and activist communities across the country....
    February 27, 2002 | Story
  • Attorney General John Ashcroft resolutely defended the Justice Department’s anti-terrorism tactics yesterday, telling a Senate committee the measures are necessary to prevent future attacks and suggesting that criticism of them aids the terrorist cause. Ashcroft defended Bush administration measures declaring the nation must not let down its guard against threats that present "a daily chronicle of the hatred of Americans by...
    December 07, 2001 | Story
  • President Bush signed legislation Friday dramatically expanding the ability of federal officials to tap telephonesand email traffic, and to detain and deport immigrants in the name of the so-called war on terrorism. Bush’s signingof the bill garnered little newspaper coverage over the weekend, and almost none on the major networks, even as civilliberties advocates warned that some of our most basic freedoms were being put at risk.
    October 29, 2001 | Story