More wiretaps and secret searches, government access to credit reports and other personal records, a database of DNA samples, and provisions allowing the Attorney General to revoke the U.S. citizenship of anyone who provides assistance to a group the U.S. government considers a “terrorist” organization are just some of the proposals readying for Congressional consideration as part of a new, second Patriot Act.
The first USA Patriot Act sailed through Congress after the 9/11 terrorist attacks without much opposition. It might not be as easy this time around. Opposition is fierce and has forged alliances within a diverse group of advocacy groups, among them the ACLU and Gun Owners of America.
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Gail Chaddock, covers Congress for the Christian Science Monitor
Tim Lynch, Director of the Cato Institute’s Project on Criminal Justice and author of “Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Preserving Our Liberties While Fighting Terrorism”
Orin Kerr, Professor of Law at George Washington University
Steven Brill, contributing editor of Newsweek magazine and author of new book “After: How America Confronted the Sept. 12 Era”