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Raising Concerns About Patriot Act

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/world/article/raising_concerns_about_patriot_act_20031003

Two years after the USA Patriot Act became law, Jewish groups are still searching for the balance between law enforcement and civil liberties. The passage of the legislation in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks divided Jewish groups who were ambivalent about the legislation from allies in the civil-rights community that immediately sought to have the law revoked. The central reason for the Jewish groups' hesitancy to defend civil liberties -- one of the causes Jews generally champion -- is that the act's provisions were designed to target groups viewed as hostile to Jews.

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