Gonzales Defends Patriot Act But Not the Truth

“The Act does not suspend our freedoms. Various courts have already held that the Act is consistent with our Constitutional freedoms. The Act reflects a careful balance by Congress to protect our country and secure our liberties.” Alberto Gonzales’s Chat on the Patriot Act, 4/12/05

“[U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero] struck down a key provision of [the Patriot Act], ruling that the FBI cannot require Internet service providers to turn over subscriber information and keep quiet about it forever without giving the providers a chance to fight the government in court…Marrero said he appreciates the government’s concerns about terrorism. But, he said, freedoms must be guarded in times of crisis.” — USAToday, 9/30/04