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USA Patriot Act 
The following guide provides Web site links, a list of selected books, and access to online periodical articles about this subject. The Web site links have been researched, evaluated, and annotated by Rio Hondo College Librarians. The Librarians have specifically selected these Web sites to meet the research needs of Rio Hondo College students

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Center for Democracy & Technology
http://www.cdt.org/security/010911response.php

The CDT is a non-profit public policy organization whose "mission is to conceptualize, develop, and implement public policies to preserve and enhance free expression, privacy, open access, and other democratic values in the new and increasingly integrated communications medium." This feature is entitled Response to September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks and it provides analysis of key civil liberties issues. Also included is reaction and analysis of the so-called Patriot II or "Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003."

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) - Patriot Act
http://www.justice.gov/archive/ll/subs/u_myths.htm
When our freedoms in the networked world come under attack, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the first line of defense.  Blanding the expertise of lawyers, policy analysts, activists, and technologists, EFF achieves significant victories on behalf of consumers and the general public.  EFF fights for freedom primarily in the courts, bringing and defending lawsuits even when that means taking on the US governments or large corporations.

In Focus : USA Patriot Act
http://www.pbs.org/flashpointsusa/20030715/infocus/topic_03/trans_pat_act.html

"Flashpoints USA with Bryant Gumbel and Gwen Ifill is an innovative public affairs series from PBS that brings together both compelling examinations of critical issues and a dynamic pairing of two of the most respected names in journalism." This Web site features the  transcript from a debate on the Patriot Act between Professor David Cole of Georgetown University and Viet Dinh, former Assistant Attorney General in the Justice Department's Office of Legal Policy and chief architect of the Patriot Act. Reading the transcript (or viewing the video clip) will give you an idea of the different positions that can be taken about the Patriot Act.

JURIST : Legal News and Research : Patriot Act
http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/currentawareness/patriot.php

This site is maintained by the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  It gives current news about the US Patriot Act and the reauthorized Patriot Act.

Librarians' Index to the Internet : USA PATRIOT Act Resources
http://lii.org/pub/htdocs/search?action=show;search=patriot%20act;searchtype=keywords

Libraries have been impacted by the passage of the USA Patriot Act. The LII maintains a good selection of Web sites that address the privacy concerns of library patrons and others.

Preserving Life & Liberty
http://www.lifeandliberty.gov/

This is a Department of Justice Web site that has been launched to "educate Americans about how we are preserving life and liberty by using the USA PATRIOT Act." The site features the text of the USA Patriot Act, major speeches by Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales and President George W. Bush, articles and stories that are supportive of the Act, and a section called "Dispelling the Myths."

Center for Democracy and Technology;  Keeping the Internet Open, Innovative and Free
http://action.aclu.org/reformthepatriotact/

Advocacy site from the ACLU that includes updates on the recent renewal of portions of the Patriot Act, as well as a web blog and alerts to which you can subscribe to keep up-to-date about this issue - from the ACLU point of view.

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) - Patriot Act
http://www.eff.org/issues/patriot-act

When or freedoms in the networked world come under attack, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the first line of defense. Blending the expertise of lawyers, policy analysts, activists, and technologists, EFF achieves significant victories on behalf of consumers and the general public. EFF fights for freedom primarily in the courts, bringing and defending lawsuits even when that means taking on the US government or large corporations.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library
This database provides encyclopedic entries and overviews of the topic.

Issues & Controversies @ Facts.com
For articles that give historical perspectives and descriptionis on  the Act.

Suggested Subject Headings
For additional titles on this topic at Rio Hondo, click on the following Library of Congress subject headings:

Internal security--United States

National security--Law and legislation--United States

September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001

Terrorism

Terrorism--United States

Terrorism--United States-- Prevention

United States. Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT ACT) Act of 2001.

War on Terrorism, 2001-

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The Rio Hondo College Library provides online access to full-text articles through our online databasesPlease note:  you must be a Rio Hondo College student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.

The sample searches and articles below are from the ProQuest database.  If you are viewing this subject guide from an on-campus computer, simply click on the links below.   To gain access if you are at home or off-campus, first click here: https://rioweb.riohondo.edu/library/.  Input your student ID number and password [your birthdate].  You will see a list of all the online databases to which you have access.  Click on ProQuest and enter the database.  You may conduct your own searches at this point or come back to this subject guide and click on any of the links below:

SUB( USA PATRIOT Act 2001-US)                              (from Scholarly Journals only)
SUB( USA PATRIOT Act 2001-US)                              (from Newspapers only)
SUB( USA PATRIOT Act 2001-US) AND AT               (editorials)
SUB(Civil liberties) AND SUB(Terrorism) AND AT   (commentary)

Researched and evaluated by:
J. Coe, Librarian 9/4/2003
last update: D. Yashar, Librarian 8/2008

last update: M. Carrillo, Librarian 8/2009

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