Patriot Act: Live Or Let Die? (No. 214)
First Aired Thursday, April 28, 2005
President Bush has called on Congress to renew the sweeping provisions of the Patriot Act. The ACLU says it was "born out of fear." In this episode of Montana Focus, we look at Senate Joint Resolution 19, which calls upon Montana's congressional delegation to "sunset" some of the controversial "sneak and peek" provisions of the USA Patriot Act. The program includes interviews with Sen. Jim Elliot (author of SJ 19), Representative Mike Milburn (voted against) and Scott Crichton of the ACLU. In the op-ed segment, Eve Byron, assistant to the editor of the Helena Independent Record talks about the paper's recent editorial in favor of SJ 19. Finally, producer Mike Jetty reports on the 30th Annual MSU Pow Wow. Produced by Gene Brodeur and Scott Sterling for KUSM-TV/MontanaPBS, MSU-Bozeman.