Senate panel approves Patriot Act renewal

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill Thursday that would renew portions of the USA Patriot Act in an effort to address administration concerns about protecting terrorism investigations.

But several Democrats and civil liberties advocates said the legislation would do little to strengthen privacy protections. And some Republicans said the bill, despite amendments worked out with the administration, would still unduly burden investigators.

By a vote of 11 to 8, the committee sent to the Senate floor a measure that would extend until 2013 three surveillance provisions set to expire Dec. 31. They would allow investigators to use roving wiretaps to monitor suspects who may switch cellphone numbers, to obtain business records of national security targets, and to track “lone wolves” who may be acting alone on behalf of foreign powers or terrorist groups.

The bill would also slightly tighten the legal standard for the FBI’s issuing of administration subpoenas known as national security letters (NSLs), which allow the bureau to obtain phone, credit and other personal records, and which the Justice Department inspector general has said are subject to “serious misuse.”

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  1. sherry

    When will people learn it is not the party that governs, much less the people?
    The same people are in charge. We just have someone now who is more charasmatic, perhaps more naive.
    There are brief moments in which I feel sorry for Obama.
    But they pass quickly.
    We should change the name from Commander in Chief to Prostitute in Chief.
    The fact that Zbignew Brezinski was out front endorsing Obama should have been a clue.

  2. DejaVuAllOver

    Well said, Sherry. The Democrats are easily as corrupt as the GOP. The fact that we almost nominated Hillary “Boom Boom” Clinton was also, eh, a dead (no pun intended) giveaway as to who the real manipulators are.

    The neocons will have their war with Iran, yet.

  3. Carl Nemo

    Yep, let’s face it folks it’s business as usual under this President and the duopolist party that supports such freedom destroying, intrusive methods and policies.

    “new boss same as old boss”…! /:|

    Carl Nemo **==