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Senate panel votes to expand, not shrink, the Patriot Act

Senate panel votes to expand, not shrink, the Patriot Act
Senate panel votes to expand, not shrink, the Patriot Act

See also, by way of background: 


"Draft bill would expand, not curtail, the USA Patriot Act" 

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: FW: Senate Intell Committee Approves Expanded Patriot Act
Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2005 00:18:36 -0500
From: Chip Pitts  

Hi Declan -- I've not seen anything about this on your list yet --

Chip Pitts
Chair, Amnesty International USA
Chair, Bill of Rights Defense Committee GD 
214 906 9424

-----Original Message-----

Senate Intelligence Committee approves new FBI powers in Patriot Act

WASHINGTON (AP)  The FBI would get expanded powers to subpoena records
without the approval of a judge or grand jury in terrorism investigations
under Patriot Act revisions approved Tuesday by the Senate Intelligence

Some senators who voted 11-4 to move the bill forward said they would push
for limits on the new powers the measure would grant to law enforcement

"This bill must be amended on the floor to protect national security while
protecting Constitutional rights," said Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.

Ranking Democrat Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., supported the bill overall but
said he would push for limits that would allow such administrative
subpoenas "only if immediacy dictates."

Rockefeller and other committee members, such as Sen. Dianne Feinstein,
D-Calif., also are concerned that the bill would grant powers to federal
law enforcement agencies that could be used in criminal inquiries rather
than intelligence-gathering ones.

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