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Liberal lawmakers defy Obama on Patriot Act

AP – “Defying the Obama administration, the House Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to remove from the USA Patriot Act a tool for tracking non-U.S. citizens in anti-terrorism investigations. The committee, dominated by Democratic liberals, also voted to amend the anti-terrorism law to curb the government’s surveillance and seizure powers.”

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PATRIOT Act Update…

..from EFF

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As Congress Prepares to Reauthorize the Patriot Act, Reader Privacy Must be Protected

Huffington Post – “While I love to talk books with friends and colleagues, reading for me is a private and personal matter. Government agents secretly privy to what I read might be a fact of life in a dictatorship but it isn’t anything I need to worry about in this country. We have a First Amendment that entitles us to read and think freely. Right?”

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PATRIOT Act Update…

…from EFF

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PATRIOT Act Debate Must Include Reform of Last Year’s FISA Amendments Act

American Constitution Society – “The surveillance powers authorized by the USA PATRIOT Act endanger civil liberties, but their impact pales in comparison to that of the FISA Amendments Act (FAA) passed by Congress last summer. That law eviscerated Americans’ protections against domestic spying by intelligence agencies and granted immunity to telecommunications companies that illegally assisted in the National Security Agency’s warrantless wiretapping. The PATRIOT renewal debate offers the first, best, and perhaps last meaningful opportunity to reform that law, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urges members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to support any amendments to the FAA offered by Senator Feingold when it considers PATRIOT renewal tomorrow morning.”

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