The Fight Escalates over Renewal of the Patriot Act

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A rare coalition of liberals and conservatives-including the ACLU, gun groups and tax watchdogs--may hold up reauthorization of the Patriot Act before Congress adjourns for the holidays. When the FBI failed to prevent September 11, Congress enacted what supporters call vital new intelligence tools for preventing terrorism. But there-s been bitter controversy over provisions that permit searches of library records and secret searches of homes and businesses, allowances opponents call unchecked intrusion by federal agents into the private affairs of innocent Americans. Now, as Congress considers re-enactment of parts of the Act, one critic calls the debate -a gift for the Justice Department.- Are National Security Letters a bigger threat to privacy than library searches? Will the Senate see a bi-partisan filibuster?
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President Bush on War in Iraq, intelligence failures

MSNBC article on President Bush's admission of faulty Iraq intelligence

USA Patriot and Terrorism Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2005 (HR 3199)

National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the US (9/11 Commission)

ACLU on reforming the Patriot Act

Gaffney's (WT) commentary on preserving the Patriot Act

Liberty Coalition on the Patriot Act

Schmitt's article on House revision of Patriot Act



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