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The Patriot Act: Ten Years Later

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA


It has been nearly 10 years since President George W. Bush signed the USA Patriot Act into law, and this past May, Congress renewed some key provisions of the Act with little public controversy. Most notably, this renewal provided for the extension of three provisions that allow for roving wiretaps, expanded searches of private business records, and "lone wolf" surveillance of individual suspects that are not linked to terrorist groups. Other provisions of the Patriot Act remain intact, including a provision allowing the FBI to issue National Security Letters to obtain documents and records without a court order. Ten years down the road, has the Patriot Act proven a necessary and effective weapon against terrorism, or has it unnecessarily infringed on Americans' civil liberties and privacy rights?  

This program will discuss the answers to these questions, and the impact and consequences of this far reaching Act. Jack Pirozzolo, First Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, and Carol Rose, the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, will share their views on the key provisions of the Act, and will discuss whether these measures are necessary for our protection, or whether they go too far and infringe upon our basic rights.

This program is co-sponsored by the ACLU of Massachusetts.

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Patricia Johnson


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