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Attorney General Wants Entire Patriot Act Renewed (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on Apr, 5 2005 @ 01:15 PM
The Patriot Act is the post-September 11 law that expanded the government's surveillance and prosecutorial powers against suspected terrorists, their associates and financiers. Most of the law is permanent, but 15 provisions will expire in December unless renewed by Congress.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration's two top law enforcement officials on Tuesday urged Congress to renew every provision of the anti-terror Patriot Act.

FBI Director Robert Mueller also asked lawmakers to expand the bureau's ability to obtain records without first asking a judge.

"Now is not the time for us to be engaging in unilateral disarmament" on the legal weapons now available for fighting terrorism, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said. He said that some of the most controversial provisions of the Patriot Act have proven invaluable in fighting terrorism and aiding other investigations.

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I think it would be A really bad thing if the FBI could obtain this stuff without court approvel.


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