USA PATRIOT Act Topics

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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  • We speak with renowned author, political analyst and activist Michael Parenti. His latest book is "The Assassination of Julius Caesar: A People’s History of Ancient Rome." [includes transcript]
    Feb 23, 2004 | Story
  • In addition to laying blame for counterterrorism failures on the Clinton administration, Ashcroft also defended the controverisal Patriot Act, as well as the Detain and Clear policy for immigrants. We speak with Kate Martin of the Center for National Security Studies. [includes rush transcript]
    Apr 14, 2004 | Story
  • We speak with two whistleblowers from different eras about their experiences in speaking out: Sibel Edmonds, a former FBI translator hired to translate pre-9/11 intelligence, has said the U.S. had considerable evidence that al Qaida was planning to strike the U.S. with airplanes. The Bush administration is now trying to block her from testifying at a major 9/11 lawsuit. And Daniel Ellsberg, perhaps the most famous whistleblower in U.S. history...
    Apr 29, 2004 | Story
  • We speak with Joyce Meskis, owner of the Tattered Cover bookstore in Denver, CO. A full year and a half before the Patriot Act, Meskis was confronted by police who demanded she turn over a patron’s records. Meskis refused and has since become a leading figure in librarians and booksellers’ struggle against civil liberties violations in Section 215 in the Patriot Act. [includes rush transcript]
    May 06, 2004 | Story
  • Attorney David Cole examines a recent court ruling that he says marks one of the biggest defeats for the Justice Department regarding the Patriot Act to date. A Saudi graduate student was jailed for over a year and a half for designing websites that linked to sites with terror ties. Cole asks, could the New York Times be charged for linking to sites with terror ties?
    Jun 16, 2004 | Story
  • As John Kerry names John Edwards as his running mate, the runoff for president is set–Two campaigns that supported the war in Iraq. But there are candidates for president who oppose the war. We’ll speak with independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader who has just released a new book called "The Good Fight". We speak with him about being kicked off the ballot in Arizona, why he isn’t running as a Green Party candidate...
    Jul 07, 2004 | Story
  • We take a look at the case of Palestinian Professor Sami al-Arian, who has been imprisoned for over a year and is awaiting trial on charges of racketeering and conspiracy to commit murder. We speak with his attorney Linda Moreno. [includes rush transcript]
    Jul 09, 2004 | Story
  • One person who was not invited to speak at the DNC was U.S. Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, the only US Senator to vote against the USA Patriot Act. Both John Kerry and John Edwards voted for the Patriot Act. We caught up with Feingold on the floor of the convention as Al Sharpton was addressing the delegates. [includes rush transcript]
    Jul 29, 2004 | Story
  • Another person who was not invited to speak at the convention was California Congressmember Maxine Waters, who has been very outspoken in her criticism of the invasion and occupation of Iraq and the Patriot Act. [includes rush transcript]
    Jul 29, 2004 | Story
  • Last night we caught up with Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. As a Democratic platform committee member, Jackson led the campaign for voting rights and made sure the platform included language insuring that "every vote is counted fully and fairly." [includes rush transcript]
    Jul 29, 2004 | Story