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ABA: Patriot Act is "offensive to democracy"

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August 15, 2005

The American Bar Association recently held their annual meeting. Their incoming president Michael Greco had this to say about the Patriot Act:

“We support the (Bush) administration in its efforts to secure the nation but we have taken policy positions, four or five of them, where we think due process has not been followed,” Greco said in an interview with Reuters.

He criticized exceptions the law makes to the constitution’s privacy protections that give law enforcement the power to search a home without the homeowner’s knowledge and without a judge-approved search warrant.

“The ABA position is that some of these provisions are so invasive of individual liberties that there has to be a sunset provision. They’re offensive, I think, to democracy,” Greco said.

Parts of Patriot Act are offensive-lawyers group – Reuters

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