Thursday, December 08, 2005

Deal Reached to Extend Patriot Act

The Patriot Act was originally passed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. The law is set to expire at the end of this month.

As the clock ticks down, Senate and House negotiators have reached a deal to extend the Patriot Act (hat tip to Ace of Trump).

Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., announced that the negotiating committee had reached an agreement that would extend for four years two of the Patriot Act's most controversial provisions — authorizing roving wiretaps and permitting secret warrants for books, records and other items from businesses, hospitals and organizations such as libraries. Those provisions would expire in four years unless Congress acted on them again.


Most of the Patriot Act would become permanent under the reauthorization.

Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), the only senator to oppose the Patriot Act 4 years ago, vowed to filibuster the extension.


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