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
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: