From the moment the Patriot Act was passed in October 2001, a host of leftwing organizations launched a relentless campaign of attacks smearing the legislation as an invasive assault on the freedoms of all Americans. Among the leaders of this anti-Patriot Act coalition were the Center for Constitutional Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, the National Coalition to Protect Political Freedom, the National Lawyers Guild, the Humanitarian Law Project, People For the American Way, the National Coalition to Repeal the Patriot Act, the American Muslim Alliance, the American Muslim Council, the American Muslim Union, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Islamic Circle of North America, the Islamic Society of North America, the Muslim American Society, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, and the Muslim Students Association of the United States and Canada.
The RESOURCES column located on the right side of this page contains a
link to the section where profiles of anti-Patriot Act groups can be found. It also contains links to articles, essays, books, and videos that explore such topics as:
- who are the leading opponents of the Patriot Act and its provisions
- the city councils and local governments that have passed formal resolutions opposing the USA Patriot Act