A bill currently making its way trough congress will strengthen laws that permit the FBI to obtain confidential records from businesses by assigning
stiff penalties to anyone who discloses if such a demand was made.
The Son of Patriot Act Also Rises
"There is no reason for this legislation," said lawyer Chip Pitts, head of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee of Dallas and a former
constitutional law professor. "Given the expanse of powers and secrecy already granted in the Patriot Act, and given the unclear security benefits
and possible security detriments of that legislation, why do we need a further amendment of the law to grant more powers to the government?"
The bill, known as the Anti-Terrorism Intelligence Tools Improvement Act of 2003, or HR 3179, was introduced last September by Rep. James
Sensenbrenner (R-Wisconsin) and was co-sponsored by Rep. Porter Goss (R-Florida), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and a possible
contender to replace departing CIA chief George Tenet.
It contains four sections that first appeared in a proposed piece of legislation dubbed Patriot Act II. That proposed law was discovered last year by
the Center for Public Integrity just weeks before the invasion of Iraq. Patriot Act II, or "Son of Patriot" as critics called it, was written by the
Justice Department to expand Patriot Act powers, but the department was forced to shelve the proposal after news of it created an uproar.
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Your cat must be a rare breed because mine doesn't listen to a word I say :-). Well neither does my senator. I emailed him once with a really long
post. I think they grabbed one key word from my message and sent me back some scripted response that had nothing to do with my email. Want to send a
message to these idiots? Vote EVERYONE out this election. No exceptions.
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