US Senate Panel Extends Controversial Patriot Act Provisions

The Senate Judiciary Committee narrowly passed a bill Thursday to extend several controversial provisions of the USA Patriot Act, the counterterrorism law hastily drafted in the aftermath of 9/11.

The parts of the Patriot Act set to expire December 31 that the panel voted to extend until 2013 included roving wiretaps, which authorizes the FBI to target individuals using multiple phone numbers; the "lone wolf" provision, which targets individuals who are not connected to terrorist groups and has thus far never been used; and, perhaps the most controversial, section 215 orders , otherwise known as the "library records" provision, which allows the FBI to access individuals' personal records via National Security Letters (NSLs).

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The alleged "Patriot Act" isn't simply "controversial"; it is downright illegal.

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