Program on the Patriot Act will highlight Constitution Day at Saint
Sept. 9, 2005
Lacey – Saint Martin’s University will present
“Beyond the Patriot Act,” a program to call attention to Constitution
Day, at noon Friday, Sept. 16. The public is invited to the free
hour-long program, which will be in Old Main 401 on the university
campus, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE in Lacey.
The program will feature a half-hour video produced
by the American Civil Liberties Union. The act was enacted by Congress
in the aftermath of the 9-11 terrorist attacks and gave government
agencies new powers to fight terrorist activities.
The constitutionality of some provisions of the act
has caused it to remain highly controversial. The ACLU video includes
interviews with actual clients and their attorneys who have dealt with
issues raised by the Patriot Act. The video will be followed by a
discussion of the Patriot Act and its relationship to Constitutional
“The Patriot Act touches upon some fundamental
constitutional rights that should be of interest to all Americans,” said
Shawn Newman, an adjunct professor of business and economics and local
attorney who will lead the discussion.
The annual observance of Constitution Day on Sept.
17 was signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2004.
Adjunct professor, business and economics
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