[funsec] U.S. Senate Blocks Patriot Act Renewal

Dude VanWinkle dudevanwinkle at gmail.com
Fri Dec 16 18:53:40 CST 2005

Oh and even if the law expires....

Dec 16, 6:57 PM EST

Patriot Act Powers to Last for Many Probes

Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Exemptions in the Patriot Act would keep its powers
alive for many investigations, including all continuing terrorist
probes, even if Congress allows 16 provisions to expire Dec. 31.

As Congress struggled over whether and for how long to extend the act
and with what new safeguards for civil liberties, attention turned to
the anti-terrorism law's actual sunset provisions, which are sharply

Even if the law expires, the act provides that all of its powers
continue in effect "with respect to any particular foreign
intelligence investigation that began before Dec. 31, 2005, or with
respect to any particular offense or potential offense that began or
occurred before Dec. 31, 2005."

In effect, Patriot Act powers would expire Dec. 31 only for new
investigations of people whose criminal activity began after Dec. 31
and who were not associated with anyone who was under investigation
before Dec. 31.


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