AAUW organizes public forum on Patriot Act
The Kansas American Association of University Women will present a forum
on the U.S. Patriot Act this month at the Robert J. Dole Institute of
forum will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 25, and will
be free and open to the public.
Speakers will include Eric F. Melgren, U.S. attorney for the District
of Kansas; Jean K. Gilles Phillips, director of the Paul E. Wilson Defender
Project in the KU School of Law; and Rosanne Goble, executive director
of the Kansas Library Association.
The three speakers will address issues including whether the U.S. Patriot
Act affects civil liberties and whether the act is necessary to protect
Standing for “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate
Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism,” the U.S. Patriot
Act was signed into law Oct. 26, 2001, in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist
The law expanded legal surveillance procedures and called for increased
communication between intelligence agencies. It also tightened immigration
rules and cracked down on money laundering and smuggling.
U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft has begun a campaign to extend the
U.S. Patriot Act, which will expire this month unless it is renewed. Critics,
including the American Civil Liberties Union, maintain that the law infringes
on constitutional rights.
At the forum, a question-and-answer session will follow speakers’
For more information, call Marilyn Greathouse, public policy chair for
the Kansas American Association of University Women, at (785) 865-3713.