House Extends Patriot Act Provisions

WSJ – “The House voted 279-143 Thursday to allow a three-month extension of key provisions of the Patriot Act, the antiterrorism law passed in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. The Senate passed an identical measure Tuesday night, and Congress will use the next three months to consider a longer extension and increased oversight of government surveillance. The provisions were set to expire Feb. 28. President Barack Obama, who wants a three-year extension, is expected to sign the measure.

The provisions in question give law enforcement access to troves of personal information, including business and library records, if a judge approves. They also permit roving wiretaps on terrorism suspects who change numbers and allow surveillance of foreign terrorism suspects who appear unaffiliated with known groups such as al Qaeda.”

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