More London Bombings as Congress Debates the Patriot Act

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London today experienced what police call "attempted" bombings with eerie similarities to those of two weeks ago, but this time, there were no deaths and only a single injury. As police investigate possible links, Prime Minister Blair is urging Londoners to get on with their lives. Today's incident comes just as the Congress considering possible amendments to the Patriot Act, passed just 45 days after September 11, with "sunset" provision that will go out of effect unless they are re-enacted. How do officials explain today's events at a time of heightened alert and warnings of more to come? Will another attack on a trusted ally have an impact on the Patriot Act debate in Congress? We hear from journalists, historians, experts in international security and criminal justice, and a former terrorism official from the US Justice Department.
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Metropolitan Police Service on today-s bombings

Prime Minister Tony Blair on today-s attacks

USA Patriot Act of 2001

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

Independent article on anti-terror bill



Warren Olney