Patriot, Privacy, and Politics

Houston Lawyer, January/February 2004

5 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2010

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Wayne McCormack

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

Date Written: January 1, 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 “war 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.

Keywords: terrorism, PATRIOT

JEL Classification: K14, K33

Suggested Citation

McCormack, Wayne, Patriot, Privacy, and Politics (January 1, 2004). Houston Lawyer, January/February 2004, Available at SSRN:

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