The USA PATRIOT Act was written and passed into law in the United States within weeks of the devastating 9/11 terrorist attack. Its purpose was to strengthen and realign U.S. policy to allow greater judicial power to better protect the U.S. from further acts of terrorism. However, as the legal tenets of the Act became more transparent, public concern mounted over the wide latitude given to the governmental agencies that seemed to threaten academic and intellectual freedom and overall civil liberties. The problems inherent in the USA PATRIOT Act are described, and potential amendments and improvements have been suggested.
"The PATRIOT Act: Liberty Afire,"
Themis: Research Journal of Justice Studies and Forensic Science:
Vol. 1, Article 3.
Available at: http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/themis/vol1/iss1/3