Would George Washington sign Patriot Act?

What would George Washington think about the U.S.A. Patriot Act? Is the act an effective tool to help deter the threat of terrorism, or is it taking another step to eliminate the checks and balances established by our founding fathers? How do we balance the need for domestic security while protecting our civil liberties? The North Suburban Library District and the League of Women Voters of Great Rockford will sponsor a forum, “The U.S.A. Patriot Act—Would George Washington Sign It?”, at the North Suburban Library/Loves Park, 6340 N. Second St., on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with time to view the exhibit, “The Great Experiment: George Washington and the American Republic,” followed by refreshments. The forum will begin at 7 p.m. Forum panel members will include: David Caskey, historian, Rockford; Keith Syfert, assistant U.S. attorney, Rockford; Ed Yohnka, director ACLU Illinois, Chicago; and Diana De La Rosa, attorney, Illinois Department of Public Aid, Rockford. Susan Stephens, news editor, WNIU-WNIJ, will be the forum moderator. For more information, phone the library at 633-4247, ext. 5.

“The Great Experiment: George Washington and the American Republic” has been organized by the Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif., in association with the American Library Association. It has been made possible in part through a major grant from The National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, D.C., with additional support from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Mr. and Mrs. Charles T. Munger.

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