April 6, 2009
ACLU Releases Comprehensive Report On Patriot Act Abuses
The American Civil Liberties Union released a comprehensive report entitled Reclaiming Patriotism, which examines the widespread abuses that have occurred under the USA Patriot Act. In the almost eight years since the passage of the controversial national security law, the Patriot Act has led to egregious government misconduct.
“From the gagging of our nation’s librarians under the national security letter statute to the gutting of time-honored surveillance laws, the Patriot Act has been disastrous for Americans’ rights,” said Caroline Fredrickson, Director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office. “In the panic following the events of 9/11, our nation’s lawmakers hastily expanded the government’s authority to a dangerous level and opened a Pandora’s box of surveillance.”
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