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Bradley J. Schlozman
Western District of Missouri

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USA Patriot Act: Preserving Life and Liberty

Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism

The Department of Justice’s first priority is to prevent future terrorist attacks. Since its
passage following the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Patriot Act has played a key part - and often the leading role - in a number of successful operations to protect innocent Americans from the deadly plans of terrorists dedicated to destroying America and our way of life. While the results have been important, in passing the Patriot Act, Congress provided for only modest, incremental changes in the law. Congress simply took existing legal principles and retrofitted them to preserve the lives and liberty of the American people from the challenges posed by a global terrorist network.

August 27, 2003
Should Patriot Act remain intact?
YES: United States must remain vigilant
This guest editorial column from U.S. Attorney Todd P. Graves was published in The Kansas City Star on Aug. 27, 2003. A version of the editorial was also published in the Springfield News-Leader on Aug. 24, 2003, and has been made available for publication elsewhere.
Read the Editorial

August 22, 2003
Town Hall Forum

U.S. Attorney Todd P. Graves participated in a discussion broadcase by radio station KCUR on Aug. 22, 2003. Under the Clock, hosted by Emanuel Cleaver, is the only live, remote broadcast with a studio audience in the city. With access to a 200-seat theater at City Stage, downstairs in Union Station, the show is free and open the the public.
Listen to the Audio Archive

Visit the U.S. Department of Justice Web site, launched to educate Americans about how we are preserving life and liberty by using the USA Patriot Act, at

    The Life And Liberty Web Site Features:
  • Explanation of the Patriot Act
  • Daily Facts & Quotes
  • Editorials & Columns
  • Major Speeches
  • Dispelling the Myths
  • Passed by Congress
  • Congress Speaks
  • Support of the People
  • Stories and Articles
  • Text of the Patriot Act
  • Anti-Terror Record

This section was last on August 14, 2006

Updated January 7, 2015

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