Enemy of the State: Promulgation and Legacy of the Patriot Act

Lloyd Klein, Bemidji State University

The aftermath of 9/11 brought important political changes in the criminal justice system. The Patriot Act, as promulgated by U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, suspended the consitutional due process rights of suspects. Such protections as speedy trial, formal indictment, and legal representation were denied to individuals suspected of terrorist involvement. This paper examines the creation and passage of the U.S. Patriot Act, the legal issues surrounding the original Patriot act and the proposed second Patriot act legislation, and the prospects for abridged civil liberties stemming from the influence of the Homeland Security Department.

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Updated 05/20/2006