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“Reauthorizing the USA Patriot Act: Ensuring Liberty and Security”: A Summary of the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

On September 23, 2009 the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing to examine three key provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act (Patriot Act) that are set to expire or sunset on December 31, 2009.

pdf uspatriot_summary092309.pdf

 
 

Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act and Broadband Access and Services: Joint Comments of Industry and Public Interest

pdf calea-separate-filing-08nov04.pdf

 
 

Letter to Porter J. Goss and James Sensenbrenner re: H.R. 3179, the “AntiTerrorism Intelligence Tools Improvement Act of 2003” (Jun. 15, 2004)

Letter from interested organizations advising that consideration of H.R. 3179, should be postponed until Congress has conducted a comprehensive evaluation of the Patriot Act authorities.

pdf lt-goss-sensenbrenner-hr3179-15jun04.pdf

 
 

In the Matter of Joint Petition for Rulemaking to Resolve Various Outstanding Issues Concerning the Implementation of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act

Joint statement of industry and public interest.

pdf calea-comments-issues-27apr04.pdf

 
 

In the Matter of US DOJ, FBI, and DEA Joint Petition for Rulemaking to Resolve Various Outstanding Issues Concerning the Implementation of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (RM-10865)

Comments from higher education associations.

pdf calea-comments-12apr10.pdf

 
 

SPEC Kit 278: Library Patron Privacy (November 2003)

A scanned version of SPEC Kit 278 is available full view through HathiTrust. pdf View document here »

 
 

SPEC Kit 277: Library Public Access Workstation Authentication (October 2003)n

A scanned version of SPEC Kit 277 is available full view through HathiTrust. pdf View document here »

 
 

Letter to F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. and W.J. Tauzin re: Database and Collections of Information Misappropriations Act (Sept. 9, 2003)

Letter from the Association of American Universities, the American Council on Education, and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, concerning the database protection legislation discussion draft "Database and Collections of Information Misappropriations Act."

pdf database-act-letter-09sept03.pdf

 
 

Letter to Tom Ridge re: Homeland Security Information Sharing Act (HSISA) (Aug. 27, 2003)

Letter from interested organizations urging the Department of Homeland Security to give the public an opportunity to comment on procedures that are being developed that may restrict the public dissemination of "homeland security information," including information that is "sensitive but unclassified."

pdf lt-ridge-hsisa-27aug03.pdf

 
 

Letter to J. Dennis Hastert re: draft Domestic Security Enhancement Act (Apr. 2, 2003)

Letter from interested organizations urging Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert to ensure that the House of Representative follows normal parliamentary procedures when it takes up any new antiterrorism legislation.

pdf lt-hastert-dsea-02apr03.pdf

 
 

How “Patriot Act 2” Would Further Erode the Basic Checks on Government Power That Keep America Safe and Free

Statement from the ACLU regarding the The USA PATRIOT Act, passed by Congress shortly after September 11, 2001.

pdf patriot2analysis.pdf

 
 

Letter to Congress re: Domestic Security Enhancement Act (DSEA) (Mar. 17, 2003)

Letter from public interest organizations expressing opposition to the Domestic Security Enhancement Act (DSEA).

pdf lt-patriot2-dsea-17mar03.pdf

 
 

Letter to Interested Persons re: Section-by-Section Analysis of Justice Department draft “Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003,” also known as “Patriot Act II” (Feb. 14, 2003)

Letter from the ACLU regarding the "Patriot Act II."

pdf aclu-patriot-act-analysis-14feb03.pdf

 
 

Letter to James Sensenbrenner re: Questions about USA PATRIOT Act (July 26, 2002)

Letter from the Attorney General responding to questions about the USA PATRIOT Act.

pdf lt-patriotresponses-17oct02.pdf

 
 

The Search & Seizure of Electronic Information: The Law Before and After the USA PATRIOT Act

Matrix describing changes to search and seizure of electronic information due to the PATRIOT Act.

pdf patriot-act-search-and-seizure-matrix.pdf

 
 

Terrorism: Section by Section Analysis of the USA PATRIOT Act

Analysis of the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT) Act, Public Law 107-56, part of the Congressional response to September 11.

pdf patriot-act-analysis-2001.pdf

 
 

SPEC Kit 267: User Authentication (December 2001)

A scanned version of SPEC Kit 267 is available full view through HathiTrust. pdf View document here »

 
 

Letter to Congress re: Terrorism legislation (Oct. 2, 2001)

Letter from library associations calling on Congress to move cautiously in proposing new laws and regulations aimed at terrorism.

pdf ltr-library-anti-terror-100201.pdf

 
 

Library Community Statement on Freedom of Speech and Access to Information

Library association statement in response to the September 11 terrorist attacks.

pdf library-statement-free-speech-19sept01.pdf

 
 

Safeguarding our Patrons' Privacy: What Every Librarian Needs to Know About the USA PATRIOT Act & Related Anti-Terrorism Measures

Notes and agenda from a webcast held on December 11, 2002.

pdf patriot-act-patron-privacy.pdf

 
 
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