Aug 21, 2003 — This week, Attorney General John Ashcroft began criss-crossing the country speaking in defense of the controversial USA Patriot Act. The act was passed less than a month after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. It gives law enforcement broader surveillance powers to track potential terrorists. But it's drawn widespread criticism that it compromises civil liberties. State legislatures in Vermont, Hawaii, and Alaska have drafted resolutions against aspects of the Patriot Act, as have more 150 communities, including the village of Potsdam and the city of Burlington. Next week, the St. Lawrence County legislature will consider whether to add its name to the opposition. David Sommerstein reports.