The Patriot Act: Section 215
NPR.org, July 21, 2005 ·
The Patriot Act widened the government's surveillance powers in an effort to fight terrorism. But many contend it also put civil liberties at risk.
Among the act's most controversial provisions is Section 215. It allows investigators broad access to library, bookstore, rental car and many other records, and it prevents the recipient of such an order from disclosing the request for records. As Section 215 comes up for renewal, Taking Issue asks whether it strikes the right balance between law and liberty or needs amendment.
In Depth: Section 215 Explained
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