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Confidentiality of Reporters' Sources

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The Patriot Act has helped prevent terrorist attacks since Sept. 11, 2001, and continues to be essential. Aspects of the act, such as secrecy and the sharing of information between criminal and intelligence investigators, are necessary to effectively track terrorists.


The provisions of the Patriot Act violate basic the constitutional right to free speech and constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure. The secrecy written into the law makes effective oversight difficult, and authorities are expanding the law's use beyond its original purpose of fighting terrorism.