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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Allison Benner, College Relations Associate – Media, 610-740-3790

PANEL DISCUSSION INVITES PUBLIC TO EXPLORE IMPACT OF THE USA PATRIOT ACT
Event Coincides with Nationwide Observance of Constitution Day

Allentown, PA (August 19, 2005) – Is the Patriot Act threatening Americans’ personal liberty? Are the public’s constitutional rights, including the right to privacy, negatively affected in the name of National Security? What results has the Patriot Act produced since it was implemented in the wake of the September 11th attacks?

At the end of 2005, roughly fifteen sections of the Patriot Act are set to expire. Congress is currently reviewing these sections to decide whether each will be strengthened and maintained or allowed to expire. While Americans are concerned about safety and security, they continue to ask questions about the impact of these measures on their constitutional rights.

On September 15, 2005, The League of Women Voters of Lehigh and Northampton Counties and The Morning Call, in cooperation with Cedar Crest College, will host a panel discussion about the impact of the USA Patriot Act. “Civil Liberties and National Security: The USA Patriot Act” will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Alumnae Auditorium at Cedar Crest College. The public is invited and encouraged to attend this discussion.

“Data has been compiled about the impact that the Patriot Act has had on civil liberties and security,” says Dr. Kim Spiezio, professor of political science at Cedar Crest College and moderator of the panel. “The purpose of this particular discussion is to go beyond ideology when it comes to evaluating the Patriot Act, focusing instead on outcomes and asking ourselves, ‘What have we learned?’”

The panelists for the event are Larry Frankel, Esq., Legislative Director, American Civil Liberties Union, Pennsylvania, Glenn G. Kranzley, Opinion Pages Editor and Vice President, The Morning Call, Joseph Poluka, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Philadelphia, and Frank A. Roth, Esq., General Counsel, Lehigh University.

The event is being held in conjunction with Cedar Crest College’s celebration of Constitution Day. In December 2004, a mandate was signed into law that established September 17th of each year as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day in honor of the day in 1787 that the U.S. Constitution was adopted.

For more information about this event, the public can contact the Cedar Crest Special Events Hotline at 610-740-3791. For media inquiries, please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.

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