The Patriot act under fire

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  • To many, worrying about constitutional rights seemed like an archaic luxury while Ground Zero was still smoking. The need for tighter homeland security made civil liberties take a back seat to urgent measures such as the USA PATRIOT Act designed to defend America from terrorists. But two years later, that piece of legislation came under fire from both the left and the right. In this ABC News program, Ted Koppel takes a hard look at the law with representatives of the U.S. Department of Justice, the ACLU, and others.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on May 11, 2006.
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  • Controversy Over the Patriot Act (1:02) -- Disputes Over the Patriot Act (2:59) -- Opposition to the Patriot Act (5:20) -- Defending the Patriot Act (4:49) -- Patriot Act and the Fourth Amendment (4:15) -- Suspect or Enemy Combatant? (2:42)
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