Should the attorney/client privilege remain intact in the Patriot Act?
One of the many components of the Patriot Act, passed by Congress after the 9/11 attacks, includes amendments to attorney/client privilege. Prior to the Patriot Act, conversations between attorneys and their clients were strictly confidential. Attorney/client privilege dictates what is and what is not admissible in court. After the Patriot Act was passed, however, the Department of Justice is allowed to listen in on conversations between clients and their attorneys when there is “reasonable suspicion” that the client may reveal terrorist threats to the nation. Should this very old and important civil right be compromised on the chance that something heard might make the nation safer?