Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

ACLU Withdraws Lawsuit Challenging Patriot Act

Expand Messages
  • Greg Cannon
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/28/AR2006102801001.html?referrer=email ACLU Withdraws Lawsuit Challenging Patriot Act Associated
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 29, 2006
    • 0 Attachment
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/28/AR2006102801001.html?referrer=email

      ACLU Withdraws Lawsuit Challenging Patriot Act

      Associated Press
      Sunday, October 29, 2006; Page A10

      The American Civil Liberties Union has dropped a
      three-year-old lawsuit challenging the
      constitutionality of the USA Patriot Act, months after
      Congress rewrote parts of the law.

      The ACLU said Friday it is withdrawing the lawsuit
      because of "improvements to the law."

      "While the reauthorized Patriot Act is far from
      perfect, we succeeded in stemming the damage from some
      of the Bush administration's most reckless policies,"
      Ann Beeson, the New York-based associate legal
      director of the ACLU, said in a written statement.

      The Justice Department said it is pleased with the
      ACLU's action.

      "The Patriot Act is a legitimate and important tool
      that has better helped law enforcement fight terrorism
      while simultaneously protecting our valued civil
      liberties," Justice spokeswoman Tasia Scolinos said in
      Washington.

      The Justice Department argued last month that
      amendments approved by Congress in March had corrected
      any constitutional flaws in the Patriot Act.

      The lawsuit, filed in July 2003 on behalf of the
      Muslim Community Association of Ann Arbor, Mich., and
      five other nonprofit groups, was the first legal
      challenge to Section 215. That part of the Patriot Act
      lets federal agents obtain such things as library
      records and medical information.

      The ACLU said the revisions allow people receiving
      demands for records to consult with a lawyer and
      challenge the demands in court.
    Your message has been successfully submitted and would be delivered to recipients shortly.