H.R. 3162 from
The official United States Congress page with information concerning House Resolution 3162, the USA PATRIOT Act, which became law on October 26, 2001.

History and analysis of the controversial act from the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

Link from EPIC to the entire document

Overview of USA PATRIOT Act
The U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network provides the purpose of the act and an overview of statements that may affect financial institutions.

ACLU Fact Sheet on Patriot Act II
The American Civil Liberties Union responds to a proposed 2003 revision of the USA PATRIOT Act.

The PATRIOT Act: Key Controversies
NPR outlines the controversial elements of the bill in this February 2006 article.

Partial PATRIOT Act Extension is Approved
The October 9, 2009 report from the Washington Post concerning approval by the Senate Judiciary Committee of certain portions of the USA PATRIOT Act.


Patriot Act Produces Wave of Opposition Across Nation
Link to December 2003 Toledo Blade article on some of the opposition to the Patriot Act.

EFF Analysis of the Provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act
The Electronic Frontier Foundation outlines how the USA PATRIOT Act can be used to unjustly spy on Internet users. They propose a system of checks and balances to make the Act fairer.

Repeal the USA Patriot Act
The author of this essay insists that the vague nature of the Act makes it a danger to law-abiding citizens.

Abuse of the Patriot Act
This October 2003 article examines some of the abuses committed under the auspices of the Patriot Act.

Denial of Rights: USA PATRIOT Act Needs Reform
Amnesty International’s human rights and national security page details its concerns about counter-terrorism efforts.

Once-Lone Foe of PATRIOT Act Has Company
The New York Times tells how Senator Russ Feingold found allies to help filibuster the renewal of the bill in December 2005.


In Defense of The Patriot Act
A defense originally written for USA Today from former Senator Orrin Hatch that claims the act has not jeopardized our rights as citizens and is necessary in the war against terror.

Leftist Lies About the Patriot Act
Claims from Republican Congressman Peter King of New York and former New York City Mayor Ed Koch that the political left is lying about the dangers of the Patriot Act.

Obama Signs Patriot Act Extensions in 2010
President Obama signed a one-year extension of several provisions in the main U.S. counterterrorism law, the Patriot Act.

Obama signs NSA bill in 2015 website reports on the President signing the USA Freedom Act In June 2015, which renewed three parts of the PATRIOT Act.

H.R. 2048 from
The official United States Congress page with information concerning House Resolution 2048, the USA FREEDOM Act, which became law on June 2, 2015.

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What Reporters Need to Know, May 2015
James Warren writes for Poynter about his interview with law professor Geoffrey Stone and what reporters and editors on the subject should know.

Impact of The USA PATRIOT Act
Essay from the Free Expression Policy Project regarding the impact of the PATRIOT Act and attempts to have it overturned.

The Patriot Act is Changing
Eric Ravenscraft of writes about what the June 2015 revisions mean for our privacy.

Curbing Big Brother: Christians and the PATRIOT Act
Report by Christianity Today magazine on how some Christians are concerned about the restriction of freedoms under the Patriot Act.

Obama Answers Questions about the CFR and Patriot Act
Senator Barack Obama gives his views on the Patriot Act as the 2008 presidential election approaches (video).


Patriot Act Excesses
Editorial referred to in Case 20 from the October 7, 2009 edition of The New York Times about balancing reason with the need to pursue terrorists.

New Jersey town has its own kind of Jihad
Reuters reports in 2007 about Paterson, New Jersey, the ethnically diverse city referred to in Case 20; struggling to promote tolerance along religious lines.

Judge Napolitano: Why The Patriot Act Is Unconstitutional
Judge Andrew Napolitano speaks in 2007 about why the Patriot Act is unconstitutional, and why he endorses Ron Paul for President (video).

Why Did Congress Approve The Patriot Act?
A scene from Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore showing why the Congress passed the Patriot Act (video).

Al Keyda
Humorous and critical commercial about how the Patriot Act could intrude on people’s liberties (video).