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2005

Patriot Act, Part II: The political tug of war intensifies

06/10/05

In seemingly short order, discussion around the Patriot Act has shifted from defense to offense. Just two months ago, when Congress set out to consider renewal of the antiterrorism law, civil libertarians were hopeful they could rein in aspects that they felt went too far. Now, supporters of an enhanced Patriot Act appear to be making headway as they push to give the FBI new powers. ... Opponents of an enhanced Patriot Act are caught in a paradox that makes it difficult for them to prove that abuses have occurred, because of the secret elements of the law. Civil liberties advocates from both parties are concerned that people's rights are being violated without their knowing it, because under certain controversial provisions, organizations whose records have been seized are barred by law from informing the person under investigation... [Editor's note: Join in the fight to "sunset" the Patriot Act ... Urge Congress to oppose expansion of the Patriot Act - MLS]

//www.csmonitor.com/2005/0610/p03s01-uspo.html

from Christian Science Monitor, by Linda Feldmann


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