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Patriot Act Extension Passes Senate

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Patriot Act Extension Passes Senate

Postby skynet » Fri May 27, 2011 8:47 am

The terrorist leader is supposedly gone... but hey, we're going to extend the Patriot Act because you will always be in danger. And you better be on your best American behavior since we are looking at anyone we choose.

"The Senate vote extends two provisions of the 2001 USA Patriot Act, one allowing for roving wiretaps and the other allowing searches of business records in the pursuit of terrorist threats. A third provision gives the government power to watch non-American "lone wolf" suspects with no certain ties to terrorist groups. All three provisions are viewed as valuable tools by law enforcement officials but are opposed by some who say they can lead to privacy right abuses."

"The roving wiretaps and access to business records are small parts of the USA Patriot Act that was enacted after the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001. But unlike most of the act, which is permanent law, those provisions must be periodically renewed because of concerns that they could be used to violate privacy rights. The same applies to the "lone wolf" provision, which was part of a 2004 intelligence act."

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