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Key Republican Not Sure on Patriot Act

The Bush administration’s plans to expand a post-Sept. 11 anti-terrorism law face resistance from a powerful House Republican who says he’s not even sure he wants the government to keep its new powers. James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, the House Judiciary Committee chairman, complains that the Justice Department isn’t sharing enough information for lawmakers to make a judgment on how well or poorly the USA Patriot Act is working. “I can’t answer that because the Justice Department has classified as top-secret most of what it’s doing under the Patriot Act,” Sensenbrenner said when asked about the future of the anti-terrorism law in a recent interview. Sensenbrenner maintains that because the department refuses to be forthcoming, it is losing the public relation battle needed to extend the law beyond its October 2005 expiration, much less expand it. Full Story

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