News of the Day ... In Perspective12/15/2005
House renews USA PATRIOT Act; Senate prospects unclear
In a 251-174 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a permanent renewal of 14 of 16 provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act, which was passed in the wake of the attacks of Sept 11, 2001.
A filibuster is threatened in the Senate by Senators Larry Craig (R-ID) and Russell Feingold (D-WI).
President Bush said: “In the war on terror, we cannot afford to be without this law for a single moment.”
Groups including Gun Owners of America, Americans for Tax Reform, and the American Consumers Union say the Act violates constitutional protections against searches and seizures without probable cause.
The American Civil Liberties Union fears that free speech is threatened by the broad authority given to the Secret Service to stifle dissent at events where high-ranking public officials appear.
Action Alerts from the Liberty Committee and the Bill of Rights Defense Committee
“FBI’s Use of USA PATRIOT Act concerns lawmakers,” News of the Day 11/12/05