Michelle Richardson, Legislative Counsel for the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office, discusses the status of various PATRIOT Act provisions due to expire; marginal but increasing Congressional opposition to the PATRIOT Act, much of it from GOP freshmen; why the worst civil liberties violating provisions – the “library act” and National Security Letters – should be ended immediately; evidence that the FBI is infiltrating and spying on domestic political activists in the guise of fighting terrorism; and why we should expect legislation requiring government-accessible “backdoors” in internet infrastructure.
MP3 here. (10:07)
Michelle Richardson is a Legislative Counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington Legislative Office, where she lobbies on national security issues. Before joining the ACLU, Michelle was counsel to then-Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr., and the House Judiciary Committee, where she specialized in national security issues, election reform, constitutional law and government oversight.