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February 10, 2006 Four Republican senators have come up with a deal to renew the Patriot Act, agreeing to strike certain provisions. Those same four joined with Democrats to filibuster the reauthorization of the act last December, saying the law needed stronger civil liberties protections.
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February 3, 2006 Congress has extended the Patriot Act by at least another five weeks. Linda Wertheimer talks to Sen. John Sununu (R-NH) who blocked the reauthorization of the Patriot Act last December. Sununu was one of four Republicans who joined Democrats on the issue in order to clarify provisions of the Patriot Act.
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January 29, 2006 A new expiration date looms for some parts of the USA Patriot Act. Congress apparently is not close to agreement on some provisions, including authorization for the FBI to demand library and other business records.
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December 16, 2005 In a sharp blow to the Bush administration, a bipartisan group of senators blocks the extension of key provisions of the Patriot Act, which are due to expire Dec. 31. Critics say these elements of the act infringe too much on the civil liberties of U.S. citizens.
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December 14, 2005 The House of Representatives votes 251-174 to reauthorize parts of the USA Patriot Act due to expire at the end of the year. But the future of the legislation remains uncertain as members of the Senate prepare for a possible filibuster. Critics question the act's long-term impact on civil liberties.
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December 13, 2005 The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court oversees surveillance of suspected spies and terrorists. Its power has grown since the passage of the Patriot Act. Critics worry about the secrecy that surrounds the proceedings, but FBI agents say undue concern about civil liberties hinders surveillance.
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July 18, 2005 A full list of the 16 surveillance provisions of the Patriot Act set to expire on Dec. 31, 2005.
July 18, 2005 The Patriot Act is approaching its fourth anniversary and has already outlived a number of its designers, as key figures move in and out of the Bush administration. Here are some of the major players in the debate today.
July 20, 2005 Though critics assail the Patriot Act's potential for abuse, the Justice Department credits the expanded arsenal of investigative tools that the law created with helping it crack several cases. A look at the success stories the government cites.
July 20, 2005 The Justice Department says there have been no reported abuses of the Patriot Act. But critics say that because the act mandates secrecy about many of its uses, Americans may never know whether their privacy has been violated. Here's a look at cases used to illustrate alleged abuses of the law.
July 20, 2005 A strong supporter of the Patriot Act defends the so-called library records provisions, Section 215. She says investigators need the information and that there's no evidence criminal investigators have abused similar rights.
July 20, 2005 A prominent critic of the Patriot Act says "Fix it, don't nix it." James X. Dempsey argues that the act can and should be amended to protect civil liberities without jeopardizing terror investigations.
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