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 talk to Sacramento Bee reporter Emily Bazar about her paper’s muli-part series examining post 9/11 civil liberties issues. We speak to Bazar at the UNITY 2004 conference. [includes rush transcript]
    Aug 05, 2004 | Story
  • Salman Rushdie, one of the most highly acclaimed writers in the world, discusses the Bush administration, civil liberties and war in a rare appearance in New York. Rushdie was forced into hiding and lived underground for many years after Iran issued a fatwa calling for his death following the publication of his controversial novel The Satanic Verses. [includes rush transcript]
    Aug 10, 2004 | Story
  • Democracy Now!’s Jeremy Scahill reports on how police cracked down on protesters and made mass arrests at Critical Mass, near Madison Square Garden and in Times Square. [includes rush transcript]
    Aug 30, 2004 | Story
  • Tariq Ramadan, a Swiss scholar known for his work on Islamic theology and the place of Muslims in the modern world, was appointed to teach Islamic philosophy and ethics at the University of Notre Dame. After receiving a visa from the State Department, it was revoked at the behest of the Homeland Security Department. We go to Switzerland to speak with professor and author Tariq Ramadan. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 08, 2004 | Story
  • On the eve of the third anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks we take a look at one of the cities in this country hardest hit by the 9/11 aftermath–Buffalo, New York. We speak Bruce Jackson, a professor of American Culture at SUNY Buffalo and editor of the web journal BuffaloReport.com. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 10, 2004 | Story
  • As Attorney General John Ashcroft announces his resignation from President Bush’s cabinet, we speak with Georgetown Law School professor David Cole who says Ashcroft has shown a "willful blindness to any concerns about the basic principles that this country was founded upon." [includes rush transcript]
    Nov 10, 2004 | Story
  • As the House approves the biggest overhaul of the country’s intelligence agencies in half a century we hear an address by former counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke. [includes rush transcript]
    Dec 08, 2004 | Story
  • The intelligence reform bill passed by Congress includes little-discussed provisions that would greatly expand the government’s policing power and centralizes the intelligence community’s surveillance powers which civil liberties advocates say increases the likelihood for government abuses. We speak with Robert Dreyfuss of Mother Jones and Timothy Edgar of the ACLU. [includes rush transcript]
    Dec 14, 2004 | Story
  • We look back at 2004 including the presidential race, the continuing war in Iraq, the U.S.-backed coup in Haiti, the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, the deaths of Ronald Reagan and Yasser Arafat, the catastrophic Indian Ocean tsunami and much more. Voices include:

    Ali Abunimah, Jean Bertrand Aristide
    John Ashcroft, George W. Bush
    Wesley Clark, Richard Clarke
    David Cobb, David Cole
    Howard Dean, Ani DiFranco
    Steve Earle, Robert Fisk
    Michael...

    Dec 30, 2004 | Story
  • President Bush nominated federal judge Michael Chertoff, a former prosecutor and architect of the USA Patriot Act, to replace Tom Ridge as secretary of Homeland Security. We speak with DC lawyer Elaine Cassel and political journalist Doug Ireland. [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 12, 2005 | Story