The Centre College Law Society will sponsor a free, public forum on the controversial USA Patriot Act at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Young Hall (room 101) on campus.
Timothy Edgar from the American Civil Liberties Union and Erwin Roberts from the U.S. Department of Justice will be the featured speakers.
In the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, Congress passed the USA Patriot Act as a means to fight terrorism. Touted by many as an effective weapon in the war on terrorism, the USA Patriot Act has been criticized by groups such as the ACLU for its curtailing of civil liberties.
Daniel Stroup, professor of government, says, "The events of Sept. 11 have forced upon us the agonizing choice between liberty and security. How much liberty must we sacrifice in order to preserve liberty? This is one of the most serious and important questions any free people can ever face, and the decisions we make today will provide precedents for generations to come. This event provides an opportunity for the community to hear the two sides of this dilemma presented by expert advocates and to engage them in a serious discussion of this question."