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Obama Embraces Patriot Act; As Senator, He Was Skeptical

Atlantic – “The Obama administration wants Congress to reauthorize three controversial provisions of the 2001 USA Patriot Act scheduled to expire later this year, but said in a letter to two senators that it is open to adding (unspecified) civil liberties safeguards. The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the sunsetting provisions next week and wants to consider broader reforms. Five months ago, it asked the administration for its views; just yesterday, the administration responded. Some of the changes to the law Barack Obama sought as a senator — including modifications to the administrative subpoena power known as National Security Letters — are not part of the corpus of his views today.”

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Standing Up to the Madness

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More on the Patriot Act

Norman Oder – “The American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) are seeking language that would ensure that law enforcement requests for library patron records or the surveillance of library users through library networks go through judicial review.”

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Judge: Parts of Patriot Act Unconstitutional

AP – “Two provisions of the USA Patriot Act are unconstitutional because they allow search warrants to be issued without a showing of probable cause, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.”

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Gregory H. Pike – “Late last week, a federal court declared portions of the USA PATRIOT Act dealing with National Security Letters (NSLs) to be unconstitutional. The court found that the NSL secrecy requirements violated the First Amendment rights of NSL recipients. In addition, the court found that the PATRIOT Act did not provide an adequate opportunity for judicial review of NSLs. NSLs are issued by the FBI to individuals and businesses to obtain information about the target of a foreign intelligence or terrorism investigation. NSLs are used to obtain financial, credit, telephone, and Internet usage records. No subpoena or search warrant is required before an NSL is issued.”

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Disappearing Civil Liberties Mug

A great gift for the lefty librarians in your life. (via)

“Pour in a hot beverage and watch your civil liberties disappear! Mug features the complete text of the Bill of Rights, but temperature sensitive print responds to the change and shows what remains thanks to the Patriot Act!”

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