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USA PATRIOT Act Back in the Spotlight, Again
September 24, 2009

Three provisions of the PATRIOT Act set to expire at the end of this year have been the focus of recent hearings and intense policy debates. Critics were anxious to learn whether or not the Obama…

The Internet at Risk: The Need for Higher Education Advocacy
October 19, 2007

© 2007 James X. Dempsey. The text of this article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 license ( ). EDUCAUSE…

Judge deals blow to Patriot Act
September 6, 2007

A key portion of the Patriot Act is unconstitutional and violates Americans' free speech rights, a federal judge said Thursday in a case that could represent a bitter setback for the Bush ad…

Warshak v. USA
June 26, 2007

A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has held unanimously that the Fourth Amendment applies to e-mail. When it comes to government searches, e-mail is analogous to a seale…

Congress Renews Patriot Act
January 1, 2006

After a filibuster led to additional measures designed to protect civil liberties, the House and Senate have approved a renewal of the USA PATRIOT Act that President Bush is expected to sign before…

Sanders Amendment Passes: Library Users Again Free to Read
January 1, 2005

Rep. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) amendment to the House Science-State-Justice Subcommittee (SSJC) appropriations bill passed. The appropriations bill funds the Justice Department and Sanders' …

The USA PATRIOT Act: Past, Present, Future
January 1, 2005

Just six weeks after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Congress adopted the USA PATRIOT Act. Enacted with the best intentions and in response to a serious threat, the PATRIOT Act passe…

No Place To Hide
January 1, 2005

"When you go to work, stop at the store, fly in a plane, or surf the web, you are being watched. They know where you live, the value of your home, the names of your friends and family, in some…

Libraries and National Security: An Historical Review
January 1, 2004

The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks launched the United States into a new era of defensive preparedness. The U.S. federal government's first legislative action in October 2001 was the pa…

Part of Patriot Act Struck Down
January 1, 2004

A federal judge this week handed the Bush administration a defeat when he ruled part of the Patriot Act unconstitutional. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had sued the Department of Justic…