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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  • 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
  • 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 After receiving a visa from the State Department, it was revoked at the behest of the Homeland Security Department.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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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