*** Breaking News! Authority to Spy on Americans Unclear as Patriot Act Expires
"Watch out for well-meaning men of zeal," - Words penned 74 years ago by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis.
By: Campaign For Liberty
Authority to Spy on Americans Unclear as Patriot Act Expires
House Defies White House and Renews Two of Three Expiring Provisions
- Elizabeth Gorman
Rushed into law by Congress just weeks after Sept. 11, 2001 three
controversial provisions of the Patriot Act granting officials
far-reaching surveillance and seizure powers in the name of national
security, are due to expire this New Year's Eve. Share Brian Ross
reveals what the government heard on wiretaps.
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Two differing bills passed by the House and Senate judiciary
committees in recent weeks will have to be reconciled in Congress, but
only when the Senate isn't backlogged by health care, Democratic aides
told ABC News.
"This critical legislation protects our national security, as well as
our civil liberties, and the clock is ticking," said Rep. Jim
Sensenbrenner, R-Wisc., an author of President Bush's 2001 Patriot Act
and former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee during the Bush
Sensenbrenner urged the House and Senate to act quickly in
reauthorizing the provisions before they expire at the end of this
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