“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety
deserve neither liberty nor safety.” - Benjamin Franklin
The problem with the Patriot Act:

The primary problem with the US Patriot Act is best summarized by the US Supreme Court:

“Does the Constitution permit Executive officials to detain an American citizen indefinitely in military custody in the United States, hold him essentially incommunicado and deny him access to counsel, with no opportunity to question the factual basis for his detention before any impartial tribunal...”

Unfortunately, the Supreme Court delivered a mixed verdict relative to this case (03-6696 Hamdi v. Rumsfeld) in that it was ruled that the U.S. government has the power to hold American citizens and foreign nationals without charges or trial, but that detainees can challenge their treatment in U.S. courts.

For further information on what you can do about the US Patriot Act (pro or con), please refer to the Get Involved section of this site.

The primary mission of the CCAPA is:
  • To educate the public (via leafleting and other means) about the ramifications the US Patriot Act has on the civil liberties of US citizens.

  • To motivate the public to voice their opinions (whatever they may be) through a number of channels, including, but not limited to:

The CCAPA is a not-for-profit organization and is not affiliated with (and thus influenced by) any other organizations, businesses, foundations, etc.
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