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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

Web Site Links

Center for Democracy & Technology
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."

In Focus : USA Patriot Act
"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
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;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
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." (

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) - 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.

Reform the Patriot Act
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.

USA PATRIOT Act Sunset: A Sketch - RS21704
This short report was written by Congressional Research Service American Law Division Senior Specialist Charles Doyle, and is dated January 27, 2005. This report is an abridged version of CRS Report RL32186, USA PATRIOT Act Sunset: Provisions That Expire on December 31, 2005.

Online Databases (Rio Hondo Students only)   

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

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

The following books can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library.

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--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-

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

The 4 sample searches below are from the ProQuest database.  Use Advanced Search and type each term in a separate box:

    1.  SUB(USA PATRIOT Act 2001-US)          
    2.  SUB(USA PATRIOT Act 2001-US)          
    3.  SUB(USA PATRIOT Act 2001-US) and AT                
    4.  SUB(Civil liberties) and SUB(Terrorism) and AT     

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

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