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Voices in Support of the USA PATRIOT Act

See the Department of Justice's website, for the Bush Administration's defense of the Patriot Act.

On July 13, 2004, The Department of Justice released a Report From The Field outlining the use of the USA PATRIOT Act. Read our companion guide for an analysis of the report and these articles for more information.

News Articles and Op-eds

August 11, 2005, Senator Jon Kyl, Casa Grande Valley Newspapers, Patriot Act reauthorization

June 20, 2005, U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Murphy, Detroit Free Press, PATRIOT ACT — Laws must keep up with advancements

June 16, 2005, Thomas Sowell, Town, The polio fallacy

June 13, 2005, U.S. Attorney John McKay, The Seattle Times, Patriot Act's tools no different than those used to fight crime

June 9, 2005, Michael J. Woods, The Washington Times, Patriot Act and privacy

June 8, 2005, Peter Huessy, The News-Press, Critics distort facts about Patriot Act

June 7, 2005, David Horowitz and John Perazzo, The Unholy Alliance of American Radicals and Islamic Terrorists Against the Patriot Act

June 2, 2005, U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Johnston, The State Journal, Delayed Notification Searches Important to Nation’s Safety

June 1, 2005, Pat Roberts, USA Today, Give FBI all legal tools

May 31, 2005, U.S. Attorney Kevin V. Ryan, The Daily Californian, PATRIOT Act Has Major Advantages

May 27, 2005, U.S. Attorney Richard Roper, The Dallas Morning News, Talk of Patriot Act's harm is overblown

May 24, 2005, U.S. Attorney Matthew G. Whitaker, The Des Moines Register, No, Patriot act should not be changed

May 22, 2005, U.S. Attorney Thomas A. Marino, York Daily Record, PATRIOT ACT: Opposition to law is based on fear, not facts

May 9, 2005, U.S. Attorney Kevin V. Ryan, San Francisco Chronicle, Why all provisions of the Patriot Act should be reauthorized

May 5, 2005, U.S. Attorney Thomas A. Marino, Lebanon Daily News, Patriot Act right response to terrorism

May 3, 2005, Deroy Murdock, National Review Online, On Borrowed Time

April 28, 2005, U.S. Attorney Charles W. Larson Sr., Globe Gazette, Learn about the PATRIOT Act

April 26, 2005, U.S. Attorney Paul I. Perez, The News-Press, Scare tactics impede prosecution of terror

April 25, 2005, Deroy Murdock, National Review Online, Check This Out: Libraries should be a key target of the Patriot Act

April 19, 2005, Heather MacDonald, The Dallas Morning News, Patriot Act hasn't led us down any slippery slope

April 15, 2005, Viet Dinh, Human Events, Critics Get it Wrong: Patriot Act Exemplifies Checks and Balances

April 12, 2005, Sen. Jeff Sessions, USA TODAY, Law doesn't erode liberties

April 10, 2005, Sen. Jon Kyl,, Why the Patriot Act Must be Renewed

February 14, 2005, The Washington Post, Transcript: Bush Urges Reauthorization of Patriot Act

December 19, 2004, Viet D. Dinh, USA TODAY, Detentions are appropriate

December 8, 2004, Robert Kuttner, The Boston Globe, Try national ID card -- you might like it

October 22, 2004, James D. Zirin, The Washington Times, Fearful Patriot Act?

October 14, 2004, U.S. Senator Jon Kyl, Casa Grande Valley Newspapers, The Patriot Act at Work

October 7, 2004, Melissa Yeager, KY3 News, Attorney General Ashcroft touts Patriot Act in return to home city

September 27, 2007, Jerry Seper, The Washington Times, Notables of criminal justice support Patriot Act

September 22, 2004, Daniel Pulliam, GovExec, Justice official defends PATRIOT Act

September 11, 2004, Terry Rombeck, Lawrence Journal-World, Patriot Act author defends law as terror-fighting tool

August 4, 2004, Heather Mac Donald, National Review Online, Unreality Activists: For the ACLU, Bush and Ashcroft have created a climate of fear, not terrorists

June 8, 2004, U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary Hearing, John Ashcroft statement, with rebuttal from Patrick Leahy

May 23, 2004, Jeff Jacoby, The Boston Globe, Overblown fears about the Patriot Act

May 10, 2004, Michael B. Mukasey, The Wall Street Journal, 'The Spirit of Liberty': Before attacking the Patriot Act, try reading it

May 5, 2004, Paul Rosenzweig, The Heritage Foundation, Aiding Terrorists - An Examination of the Material Support Statute

May 1, 2004, Heather MacDonald, The Union Leader, Civil liberties concerns still hamper counterterrorism

April 28, 2004, Congressman Lamar Smith, Daily Texas, Patriot Act Protects Americans

April 28, 2004, Thomas Ryan, Front Page Magazine, Lobby for Terror

April 20, 2004, Rich Lowry, National Review Online, The Ashcroft-Reno Anti-Terror Act: Three cheers for the Patriot Act.

April 5, 2004, James Carafano, Heritage Foundation, Thinking About the Next Sept. 11

March 22, 2004, Condoleezza Rice, Washington Post, 9/11: For the Record

March 17, 2004, Nathan Heller, The Crimson, Official Defends PATRIOT Act

February 24, 2004, Kim Zetter, Wired News, The Patriot Act is Your Friend

December 23, 2003, John Yoo and Eric Posner, American Enterprise Institute, Patriot Act Under Fire

January 15, 2004, Kelly Thorton, San Diego Tribune, Patriot Act Defended by Ridge at S.D. Forum

January 28, 2004, John Ashcroft, Letter to Orrin Hatch (PDF) warning that Bush will veto the SAFE Act

August 9, 2003, Aaron Goldstein, American Daily, In Defense Of Section 215

June 5, 2003, John Ashcroft, Testimony at a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee.


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