Conversation: Thomas Linzey, Esq
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Passed six weeks after the September 11 attacks, the Patriot Act was designed to give law enforcement officials extra powers to track individuals planning terrorist strikes. The locally organized and nationally networked opposition to the Patriot Act is an example of how citizens, working together, can make real change by focusing their efforts on those elected officials who are closest to them. The institutional challenges were compounded by the ambivalence of the speaker of the city council, who kept postponing a vote on the Patriot Act measure. Talanian gathered together a group of friends and neighbors to form the Bill of Rights Defense Committee. They quickly set out to get their hometowns of Amherst and Northampton, Massachusetts, to pass ordinances opposed to the Patriot Act. The Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) website provided groups with sample resolutions, downloadable public-information leaflets, and background information on the Patriot Act.