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Critics ask Congress to temper Patriot Act

Critics of the USA Patriot Act on Tuesday called for the Senate to temper the anti-terrorism law’s provisions that let police conduct secret searches of people’s homes or businesses, but defenders say since no abuses have been documented the law should be renewed. The Bush administration wants Congress to make permanent all 15 provisions of the law that expire at the end of the year, some of which have aroused civil liberties concerns among liberals and conservatives. The law’s national standards for what are sometimes known as “sneak and peek” searches are permanent. Full Story

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