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The Impact of USA Patriot Act on American Society: An Evidence Based Assessment
  • Kam C. Wong

Book Description: Much has been written about the USA Patriot Act, and the controversy that surrounds this far-reaching legislation has also generated a great deal of confusion and uncertainty about its impact and importance in the war on terrorism. As Professor Kam C. Wong notes in this important contribution to the literature: "There is little scholarly research on the legislation, implementation and impact of the Act."

Undoubtedly, few Americans are actually aware of most of the details in the Act, or its implications in a free society. The events of September 11, 2001 in attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon prompted a unique response by Congress in passing a series of wide reaching laws, expanding the powers of law enforcement and the judiciary. Of particular concern to many are the requirements of public and private organizations to provide information in connection with homeland security that is considered intrusive and in violation of privacy rights. Ultimately, it will be many years before the actual impact of the Patriot Act can be assessed. In this new and important book, Professor Wong provides a critical analysis of the legislation and its capacity for abuse.

Table of Contents: Preface

Chapter 1 - Introduction; pp. 1-45

Chapter 2 - Legislative Process; pp. 47-83

Chapter 3 - Legislative Climate; pp. 85-126

Chapter 4 - Implementation of USAPA; pp. 127-187

Chapter 5 - Impact on the Muslim Community; pp. 189-218

Chapter 6 - Impact on library; pp. 219-274

Chapter 7 - Grassroots Resistance; pp. 275-346

Chapter 8 - A Preliminary Assessment; pp. 347-384.

  • USA Patriot Act,
  • terrorism,
  • counter-terrorism,
  • 9/11
Publication Date
December, 2007
Nova Science Publishers (December 12, 2007)
Citation Information
Kam C. Wong. The Impact of USA Patriot Act on American Society: An Evidence Based Assessment. (2007)
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