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Craig: Congress Must Change Patriot Act

A key Republican senator said Wednesday that Congress must modify parts of the USA Patriot Act or see the law die in two years. Changes must be made to the law if it is to be renewed in 2005, said GOP Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “I think we are building that kind of base for it in the Senate,” Craig said. “Many of these, if not all of these, would have to be incorporated.” The Patriot Act allows authorities to go before a three-judge panel and get permission to secretly search the homes of suspected terrorists. It also allows a court to authorize subpoenas of library loan records and bookstore receipts of suspected terrorists, as well as allowing law enforcement seek “John Doe” roving wiretaps and nationwide search warrants. Full Story

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