League of Women Voters

League of Women Voters
of Washington County, AR

A Nonpartisan Political Organization



Guide to Elected Officials


Civil Liberties Resources
Prepared for
Balancing Civil Liberties and National Security
Fayetteville Public Library
7:00pm October 20, 2004
Disclaimer. These links are meant as resources for further study. They include links to League of Women Voters resources and to federal legislation. In addition, links to sites, articles, and reports with varying points of view and interpretations are provided. Except for League materials, the League of Women Voters of Washington Co. (LWVWC) does not endorse the sites to which it links. Each person needs to evaluate each site for herself or himself. The LWVWC is not responsible for the sites to which it links.

League of Women Voters Resources

  • Where We Stand: Citizen's Rights
  • Get Involved: Update: Civil Liberties and 9/11 Legislation
  • Get Involved: Civil Liberties
  • Creating a Just Society: Civil Liberties
  • Get the News: Support the SAFE Act, S.1709, Feb. 26, 2004
  • Get the News: Civil Liberties and the Patriot Act, Sept. 25, 2003
  • Get the News: Civil Liberties are Cornerstone of American Values, Sept. 11, 2003
  • Get the News: Civil Liberties and National Security, July 10, 2003
  • Liberty Circles Tool Kit
  • Civil Liberties Organizing Materials (member passworded)
  • Sample Candidate Questions (member passworded)

    USA Patriot Act
  • USA Patriot Act. Became Public Law No. 107-56 on Oct. 26, 2001. Text, Congressional hearings and reports, Congressional debate. Also known as Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT) Act of 2001.
  • U.S. Dept. of Justice (DOJ): USA Patriot Act: Preserving Life & Liberty
  • DOJ: Report from the Field: the USA Patriot Act at Work (July, 2004)
  • DOJ web: Q & A on the USA Patriot Act (Morford, East. District of Michigan, 2004)
  • U.S. Dept. of Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Center USA Patriot Act Information
  • Congressional Research Service (CRS) Report: USA Patriot Act Sunset: A Sketch (updated June 10, 2004)
  • CRS Report: USA Patriot Act Sunset: Provisions that Expire on December 31, 2005 (updated June 10, 2004)
  • CRS Report: The USA Patriot Act: A Sketch (April 18, 2002)
  • CRS Report: The USA Patriot Act: A Legal Analysis (April 15, 2002))
  • CRS Report: Terrorism: Section by Section Analysis of the USA Patriot Act (updated December 10, 2001)
  • Article: A Look at the USA PATRIOT Act Today (Sandwell-Weiss, AALL Spectrum, 2004)
  • Article: Protecting the Lady from Toledo: Post-USA PATRIOT Act Electronic Surveillance at the Library (Mart, Law Library Journal, 2004)
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU): USA Patriot Act
  • American Library Association (ALA): USA Patriot Act
  • American Association of Law Libraries(AALL): Resolution on the USA PATRIOT Act and Related Measures That Infringe on the Rights of Library Users
  • AALL, ALA, et al. Teleconference: Safeguarding Our Patrons' Privacy: What Every Librarian Needs to Know About the USA PATRIOT Act & Related Anti-Terrorism Measures (Dec. 11, 2002)
  • BeSpacific.com: USA Patriot Act
  • Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT): USA Patriot Act
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF): The USA PATRIOT Act
  • Proposed amendments to limit the Patriot Act: Security and Freedom Ensured (SAFE) Act of 2003: S. 1709 and Security and Freedom Ensured (SAFE) Act of 2003: H.R. 3352. See Table 2 Sandwell-Weiss article above for some other proposed amendments which would limit the USA Patriot Act.
  • CRS Report: Analysis of S. 1709, 108th Congress: the Security and Freedom Ensured Act of 2003 (SAFE Act) (Feb. 19, 2004).

    "Patriot Act II"
  • Article: Patriot Act Redux (ABC, Lumpkin, February 21, 2003)
  • Center for Public Integrity: Patriot Act II Draft (posted Feb. 7, 2003)
  • Now with Bill Moyers: Patriot Act II (Feb. 7, 2003)
  • American Conservative Union (ACU) Public Memorandum on Patriot Act II (Feb. 26, 2003)
  • ACLU Report: Interested Persons Memo: Section-by-Section Analysis of Justice Department draft “Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003,” also known as “PATRIOT Act II” (Feb. 23, 2003)
  • CDT: Patriot II
  • Proposed legislation incorporating some sections of Patriot Act II: 9/11 Recommendations Implementation Act: H.R. 10 and Anti-Terrorism Intelligence Tools Improvement Act of 2003: H.R. 3179. See also Table 1 of the Sandwell-Weiss article above for some other bills with parts of Patriot II.

    Homeland Security Act
  • Homeland Security Act of 2002. Became Public Law No. 107-296 on Nov. 25, 2002.
  • U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
  • White House: Homeland Security
  • U.S. Dept. of Defense: Homeland Defense
  • Library of Congress: Legislation Related to the Attack of Sept. 11, 2001
  • CRS Report: Homeland Security Act of 2002: Critical Infrastructure Information Act (CRS, Stevens, February 28, 2003)
  • CRS Report: “Sensitive But Unclassified” and Other Federal Security Controls on Scientific and Technical Information: History and Current Controversy (updated Feb. 20, 2004). Covers several acts including the Homeland Security Act and the USA Patriot Act.
  • CRS Reports on Homeland Security (via FAS)
  • Government Accountability Office (GAO) Reports on Homeland Security
  • CDT: Homeland Security Materials

    Data Mining and Total Information Awareness (TIA)
  • GAO Report: Data Mining: Federal Efforts Cover a Wide Range of Uses (May 2004)
  • Technology and Privacy Advisory Group (TAPAC): Safeguarding Privacy in the Fight Against Terrorism: The Report of the Technology and Privacy Advisory Committee (TAPAC) (March, 2004). Report on Government Data Mining including TIA. TAPAC was appointed by Sec. of Defense Rumsfeld.
  • CRS Report: Privacy: Total Information Awareness Programs and Related Information Access, Collection, and Protection Laws (updated March 21, 2003)
  • Article: The Short Life, Public Execution and (Secret) Resurrection of Total Information Awareness

    Additional Resources
  • LWV: Civil Liberties: Links & Resources
  • Bill of Rights Defense Committee
  • ALA: Civil Liberties, Intellectual Freedom, and Privacy
  • BeSpacific.com: Civil Liberties News
  • DOJ: Civil Rights & Liberties Violations
  • Thomas: Legislative Information on the Internet (Library of Congress). Text and summaries of bills and laws. Congressional reports and hearings.

  • League of Women Voters of Washington County
    P.O. Box 4, Fayetteville, AR 72702
    (479) 575-1841