The USA Patriot Act is one of the most controversial laws ever passed by the United States Congress. It has the potential to modify current Court decisions on
the Fourth Amendment, particularly those involving foreigners, nonresidents, and enemy combatants. Some groups believe provisions of the law give too much
power to the government at the expense of Fourth Amendment rights and the right to privacy.
Does this law compromise Fourth Amendment rights?
Does it leave some minority groups open to “racial profiling”? Is it necessary to sacrifice Fourth Amendment rights in the interest of national security?