SAN FRANCISCO (11/20/2003) - Supporters of the Patriot Act consider it an invaluable tool in the fight against terrorism. Opponents view it as a crude cudgel that smashes electronic privacy rights and severely damages civil liberties.
Stories by Bill Wallace
It has been nearly two years since the Patriot Act's swift adoption in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. But whether the law is the boon to law enforcement claimed by its supporters or the menace to civil liberties feared by its foes remains unclear.