Patriot, Privacy, and Politics

Wayne McCormack

University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law

January 1, 2004

Houston Lawyer, January/February 2004

Much of the controversy about terrorist enforcement in the early stages focused on USA PATRIOT for political reasons. PATRIOT was almost a smokescreen because the vast bulk of it would be subject to only mild debate, were it not that the administration made it the focal point of its domestic β€œwar on terror,” thus making it also the lightning rod for critics. In a sense, PATRIOT came to stand for other policies such as military detention and domestic wiretapping. There are many elements in approaches to terrorism that need to be addressed, but this article merely explores which issues are about the law and which are issues of enforcement by focusing on USA PATRIOT.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 5

Keywords: terrorism, PATRIOT

JEL Classification: K14, K33

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Date posted: June 13, 2010  

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McCormack, Wayne, Patriot, Privacy, and Politics (January 1, 2004). Houston Lawyer, January/February 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1623897

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Wayne McCormack (Contact Author)
University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law ( email )
383 S. University Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0730
United States

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