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Fla. Terror Case Tests U.S. Patriot Act

For nearly a decade, the FBI tapped Sami Al-Arian’s telephones and faxes, keeping what they learned about the University of South Florida professor a secret — even from their own colleagues. The law at the time didn’t allow the agents to share what they knew with fellow FBI agents who later began investigating possible criminal charges against Al-Arian, accused of aiding terrorists. That all changed in the spring of 2002 when the Patriot Act, the law enacted in the weeks following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, gave the government greatly expanded surveillance and search powers. Full Story

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