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1 Aaron Nishina Jon Gerard Ricky Sood
The USA Patriot Act Aaron Nishina Jon Gerard Ricky Sood

2 The USA Patriot Act Formal definition: the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Tools Required To Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USAPA)

3 History Behind The Computing Policies of the USAPA
Attorney General John Ashcroft His views on cyber-crime in the United States pre-9/11 May 22, 2001

4 The Speech

5 Terrorism In the U.S. Domestic vs. International terrorism
The need to fight terrorism Relation to computing The government’s solution

6 What is the Patriot Act? Anti-terrorism legislative document
Addresses cyber crimes issues Fundamental privacy vs. security issues Creates new laws / Appends Old Laws

7 Some of the Major Provisions
Court subpoena no longer needed for ISP’s to give information Computer crimes are now “terrorist” offenses ISP’s have to give up more user information Court orders no longer needed for monitoring suspects in computer crimes cases Appends the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Major changes at Libraries in the U.S. Development of electronic crime task force within the U.S. Secret Service Implementation of the Carnivore Tracking Device

8 Who Are the Stakeholders?
Computer users in the public Internet Service Providers Libraries Law Enforcement Terrorists

9 Advocates vs. Opponents

10 Ethical and Legal Questions about the USAPA
The USAPA affects policies regarding wiretapping and warrants As is common with such cases, it is asked “Do these new changes violate Constitutional (Legal) Rights?” Many people have strong reservations about the need for privacy. “Do these new policies violate the right to privacy?”

11 Ethical and Legal Questions
Debate has arisen over usefulness vs. legitimacy No cases has challenged the computer provisions in the USAPA yet Biggest concerns: and information handling Fourth and Ninth Amendments in Question

12 The Right to Privacy Not expressly given in the Constitution
Fourth Amendment is a compelling argument for privacy because it guarantees the right to be secure in one’s own person, house, and papers Fifth Amendment protects people from divulging certain information Ninth Amendment grants rights not expressly given in the Constitution

13 The Right to Search only with Probable Cause
interception has been treated in the USAPA as similar to wiretapping Fourth Amendment requires probable cause for the issue of a warrant In Katz vs. U.S. 1967, the Supreme Court stated that the Fourth Amendment protects people, not places. What a person seeks to keep private is constitutionally protected (phone conversations included)

14 To reiterate: Who are the major sides in the argument for and against the Patriot Act? U.S. Government offices such as the Whitehouse, CIA, FBI, and Dept. of Justice are in favor. Civil Liberties Groups such as the ACLU, and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)are against it.

15 Analysis of the USAPA by President Bush
“Surveillance of communications is an essential tool to pursue and stop terrorists. The existing laws were written in the era of rotary telephones. This bill met with an overwhelming support in Congress because it upholds and respects civil liberties.

16 Analysis of the USAPA by the EFF
“It seems clear that the vast majority of sections included have not been carefully studied by Congress, nor was sufficient time taken to debate it or hear testimony from experts. The civil liberties of ordinary Americans have taken a tremendous blow”

17 Analysis of the USAPA by the Congressional Research Service
“Critics of the USAPA have suggested that it may have gone too far. The Act itself responds to some of these reservations. Many of the wiretapping amendments sunset on December The Fourth Amendment protects private conversations, but it does not cloak even highly personal information [such as ISP records].”

18 Case Study: Zacarias Moussaoui
How would the USAPA have affected the events leading up to 9/11? In specific, we look at computer-related provisions in the USAPA We chose to study the only case involving someone on trial for the 9/11 attacks: Zacarias Moussaoui

19 Case Study: Zacarias Moussaoui - Who was he?
A 33 year old French-born Moroccan with a history of Muslim radicalism Entered the U.S. February 2001 and immediately began learning how to fly Studied at the Pan Am Flying Academy in Eagan, Minnesota He paid for his lessons with about $8000 in cash

20 Case Study: Zacarias Moussaoui - Who was he?
Instructors became suspicious because it seemed that Moussaoui was most concerned with steering aircraft, and not landing or taking off FBI detained Moussaoui on August 17 and he is now charged with 6 criminal counts concerning 9/11.

21 Case Study: Zacarias Moussaoui
At the time of his arrest, the FBI found flight manuals for a Boeing 747, 2 knives, fighting shields and a laptop computer The FBI was also notified by French Intelligence that Moussaoui was suspected of involvement with Islamic extremists

22 Case Study: Zacarias Moussaoui - FBI Requests a warrant
The FBI requested a warrant under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to search his computer Denied due to insufficient evidence that Moussaoui was involved with terrorists. It turns out that information regarding the spraying of pesticides from planes was among the content on his computer.

23 Case Study: Zacarias Moussaoui - The Relationship to the USAPA
How does this case relate to the Patriot Act? The requested for a warrant was under provisions by the FISA. These provisions have been updated with the USAPA There are additional provisions in the USAPA alone that could have allowed a warrant to be issued

24 Case Study: Zacarias Moussaoui - Details We are Interested In.
Moussaoui was a suspected terrorist by French Intelligence He was suspected by the FBI in Minnesota to be a terrorist

25 Case Study: Zacarias Moussaoui - The act of getting a warrant
FISA is changed by USAPA to state that terrorism only needs to be a “significant purpose for an investigation” ; this is less than “probable cause” Other USAPA provisions could also have been used to obtain a warrant

26 Case Study: Zacarias Moussaoui - What can the FBI do with that warrant?
Under Section 219, a FISA warrant now entitles investigators the ability “to coordinate efforts to investigate potential hostile attacks” Would have allowed for the searching of his computer This is how computers are very much a part of this case!

27 Case Study: Zacarias Moussaoui - What was on his computer?
Pesticide and Crop Dusting Information In retrospect, relevant because of Anthrax Attacks What is important is the potential information!

28 Case Study: Zacarias Moussaoui - What was on his computer?
Ethical: Overall good to American people is obvious Unethical action of invading Moussaoui’s privacy relatively minor? What is important is the potential information

29 Case Study: Zacarias Moussaoui
Benefits of USAPA seem clear Disadvantages seem to be minor We need to examine other cases regarding the USAPA

30 Case Study 2: Internet Service Providers
Part of Corporate America How does the USA Patriot Act affect them? (Sec. 212) Law Enforcement’s POV Civil Libertarian’s POV Pro’s & Con’s Ethical Questions

31 ISPs: Part of Corporate America
They do not generally engage in criminal or terrorist activity There are large and small ISPs alike and the effects on both must be taken into account. The financial impacts on both must be taken into account

32 How does the USA Patriot Act affect ISPs?
Allows ISPs to “voluntarily” disclose electronic communications In the event immediate danger or death or serious bodily injury to a person requires such disclosure.

33 Law Enforcement’s POV Previous Law was inadequate
No provisions allowing providers to disclose customer records or communications in emergencies Did not expressly permit a provider to voluntarily disclose “non-content” records to law enforcement for purposes of self protection Providers could disclose the content of communications for this reason

34 What Does “Non-Content” Mean
It includes records of session times and durations, temporarily assigned network (IP) addresses; means in sources of payments, including credit card or bank account numbers

35 Civil Libertarians POV
It allows ISPs to voluntarily handover all "non-content" information to law enforcement with no need for a court order or subpoena It expands the records that the government may seek with a simple subpoena (no court review required) i.e. “non-content” Information

36 Pro’s ISPs may now authorize law enforcement to intercept a computer trespasser’s wire or electronic communications No need for law enforcement to first obtain a court order before performing these surveillance activities Computer system operators can now obtain assistance from law enforcement when they are attacked by trespassing “hackers” The DOJ analogizes this new power to a homeowner calling the police

37 Con’s CSPs may now voluntarily disclose information about users to law enforcement May now voluntarily disclose to the government user communications or customer records Financial burden on ISP / Additional Man power is uncertain

38 Ethical Questions Is it ethical to allow ISPs to make the determination of whether or not there is an emergency involving immediate danger of death or serious physical injury to any person ?

39 Ethical Questions Continued
Is it ethical to impose any additional technical obligation or requirement on a ISP which may impact it financially?

40 Ethical Questions Continued
The USA Patriot Act allows for ISPs to “voluntarily” disclose information to law enforcement, how will the public view the ISP who “might” have had information which could have prevented a terrorist act? The FBI has recently come under fire for this exact situation

41 Case Study 3: The General Computing Public
A Broader Overview Internet Users Students Software Piracy

42 Internet Users Most businesses and home computer users as well, require an internet connection We are the minority of the Computing Public Most of the general computing is weary of the security of the internet Anything that affects an ISPs ability to function also impacts the general computing public

43 Pro’s The easy answer…! Most will not notice any difference
ISPs able to provide better service to their customers

44 Con’s The easy answer…! More innocent victims
ISPs unable to provide adequate service to their customers

45 Ethical Questions Is it ethical that the USAPA makes law enforcements job of apprehending criminals easier at the cost of affecting a greater number of innocents?

46 Ethical Questions Continued
Is it ethical that the USAPA puts some of the burden of this monitoring on ISPs? If one ISPs PR is damaged due to this… Could lead to a cascading effect among the privacy policy of ISPs affecting many internet users.

47 Students A large population of the general computing public are students Academic and personal records at can be accessed by law enforcement This can be viewed in from two perspectives

48 Pro’s Some of the hijacking terrorists were here on student visas
Other immigrants illegally gain entrance to the US under the guise of being students If the FBI might be able to track those terrorists through their student records The president acknowledges this fact

49 Pro’s Continued Statements made by the President regarding student visas "We're going to start asking a lot of questions that heretofore have not been asked" "We're generous with our universities. We're generous with our job opportunities and never did we realize that people would take advantage of our generosity to the extent they have”

50 Con’s It is easier for law enforcement to gain access to student records There are already exceptions to FERPA (Buckley Act) for law enforcement to access these records More students will be looked upon with suspicion especially those with student visas

51 Con’s Continued ACLU’s statements regarding student records
“allows law enforcement agencies to get access to private student information based on a mere certification that the records are relevant to an investigation” “The bill omits good cause requirements and meaningful judicial review to protect against fishing expeditions that violate student privacy or investigation based upon racial profiling”

52 Ethical Questions Is it ethical to create new laws which impact the rights of others simply to make law enforcements job easier? Especially if there are already avenues for law enforcement to take.

53 Ethical Questions Continued
Law enforcement must inform you for searches involving a search warrant, even if that notification is delayed. Is it ethical to not inform students that their academic records have been accessed by law enforcement under court order/subpoena?

54 Software Piracy Affects : A large population of the general computing public New ease in MP3 and MPEG sharing technology Availability of cracked software increases

55 Software Piracy Tools such as Carnivore make monitoring of internet users possible Certain keywords, ISP information release, even possible acquaintance with a criminal may lead to tracking

56 Software Piracy Stakeholder: An average College Student
May or may not be aware of legal issues involved Working on a report and Sharing MP3’s… could it lead to an arrest? Are we biased in this case? How likely is this case?

57 Argument in Favor of Arrest
Unimportant if computer user is a terrorist Attorney General states “It is a misconception that computer crime is not as serious as traditional crime” Pirating Software hurts software companies/employees RIAA states that pirating music hurts recording artists

58 Argument in Favor of Arrest, Continued
Law enforcement officials should use every means necessary to catch crimes Thus, using the USAPA is justifiable The USAPA allows laws to be “up to date” with current technology Overwhelming support in Congress seems to support that they deemed this legislation necessary

59 Argument Against Arrest
USAPA designed to “provide appropriate tools required to intercept and obstruct terrorism” USAPA is misleading and has a scope that extends beyond the traditional meaning of terrorism - and that is wrong What is Terrorism…?

60 Definition of Terrorism
FBI defines terrorism as “the unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government or civilian population” This seems reasonable.. But...

61 Definition of Terrorism
USAPA defines terrorism differently. Expands notion of “domestic terrorism” Amends Computer Fraud and Abuse Act by stating that computer crimes are “terrorist offenses” Legal or not, is it ethical for an Anti-Terrorism bill to do this?

62 Final Thoughts privacy vs safety
Patriot Act is definitely going to change our lives It isn't clear just how yet our goal in discussing the USAPA


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