Professor Susan Herman headlined the 26th annual Jefferson B. Fordham debate at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law about the Patriot Act, which will be reexamined by Congress this year. The Patriot Act was passed soon after the September 11 attacks in an attempt at counterterrorism, but has been criticized for unfairly targeting innocent people. Professor Herman, who is also the President of the ACLU, argued, "There is a tremendous cost to all these broad laws," mentioning those innocents who have lost jobs, abilities to travel freely in and out of the U.S., and even those who were prosecuted for unknowingly donating to charities associated with terrorist groups.
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