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Sensenbrennerīs new bill proposes PERMANENT PATRIOT ACT!

 
land of the sheep
07/12/2005 09:13 AM
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Permanent Patriot Act Proposed

Sensenbrenner Would Extend Powers but Grant No New Ones



By Dan Eggen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 12, 2005; Page A19

The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee introduced a bill yesterday that would make the controversial USA Patriot Act permanent, but he balked at including some new powers sought by the Bush administration.

The bill proposed by Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.) largely gives the Justice Department what it has requested in the review of the Patriot Act antiterrorism law, which was enacted weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The proposal includes 16 provisions set to expire at the end of this year unless they are renewed or made permanent by Congress.



House Judiciary Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner Jr.īs bill does not go as far as others. (Joe Raedle - Getty Images)


But the proposed legislation does not go as far as legislation approved in June by the Senate intelligence committee, which voted to make it easier for the FBI to open mail and issue subpoenas without a judgeīs approval in terrorism probes. Sensenbrennerīs bill also calls for stronger oversight of some of the governmentīs powers.

The fate of both the House and Senate measures is uncertain: Sensenbrennerīs bill is likely to come under heavy fire from Democrats during a mark-up session tomorrow, while the Senate Judiciary Committee is considering its own bill as a counterpoint to the Senate intelligence committeeīs version.

The House as a whole voted by a wide margin last month to curtail the FBIīs ability under the Patriot Act to seize library and bookstore records for terrorism investigations.

Jeff Lungren, a spokesman for Sensenbrenner, said in a briefing with reporters yesterday that the chairmanīs proposal "is a pretty straightforward bill" that could go to the House floor as early as next week.

But Lisa Graves, a senior counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, called Sensenbrennerīs proposal "a flawed bill" that includes only "minimal changes" that the Justice Department has already conceded.

"Although the House Judiciary Committeeīs base bill does not expand the Patriot Act in the unwise and unwarranted way the Senate Intelligence Committee proposed, it can and must be modified to ensure that Patriot powers are focused on terrorists and not ordinary Americans," Graves said in a statement.

The Patriot Act has come under fire from civil liberties advocates and lawmakers concerned about possible abuses. President Bush and Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales have pressed for the lawīs renewal, arguing that it provides vital tools to FBI agents and others seeking to prevent terrorist attacks.

The House Judiciary Committee has held a dozen hearings on various provisions of the law since April, including some that have highlighted tensions between the two parties. On June 10, for example, Sensenbrenner gaveled one hearing to a close and walked out even as Democrats continued to testify with the microphones off.

Sensenbrennerīs bill would repeal expiration dates on all the provisions of the Patriot Act that are scheduled to sunset at the end of this year. Those include a controversial section that allows the FBI to obtain without a warrant a wide range of records from financial companies and other institutions, including libraries, in terrorism probes. The bill also makes permanent two separate provisions from last yearīs intelligence reform package that clarified the definition of "material support" for terrorism and made it easier to monitor "lone wolf" suspects unaffiliated with a terrorist group or country.

But the proposal also would tighten some of the requirements that must be met by the FBI in obtaining business records and would establish a judicial review process that allows a judge to set them aside. Gonzales testified in April that the provision has never been used to obtain library, medical, bookstore or gun sale records, but said it is an essential tool for the FBI.

Sensenbrennerīs bill also would increase the duration of secret warrants governing searches and surveillance in terrorism and intelligence cases.

[link to www.washingtonpost.com]
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12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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I have no doubt this will pass, either itself or another one like it, eventually. Just look at the low number of read hits on this thread. Thereīs so much crap going on people are sick of it and the apathy keeps on growing.
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12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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Did he include distrust of the government as a symptom of mental disease and a prelude to terrorism? Iīll have one of the wonks check the papers to see. Itīs a lot easier to govern if youīre a dicktator, or the unwashed masses are too scared to say anything. Not that Iīm a dicktator or anything.
I canīt wait to get this Rove stuff behind me (hehe). Too many people asking too many questions. The problem is when your chief truth catapulter is caught in a problem and he canīt catapult his way out of a paper sack.
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God...more of the same. The shit keeps piling up and whatīs an honest American Patriot to do? Part of the dicktaterīs plan is to have us putting out so many fires weīre eventually overwhelmed...and Iīm near that point, as I suspect are many others. At least weīre informed, if impotent.
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12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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for importance...bump
Yada Yoda
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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Sensenbrenner was bullied at school too, probably.

Emotionally overwhelmed.

Nonsensenbrenner.
von Doom
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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heīs just another dictaster wannabe
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