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Senate Panel Votes to Widen Antiterror Law

The Federal Bureau of Investigation would gain the right to demand a variety of records in terror cases without a judge’s approval, under an expanded version of the law known as the USA Patriot Act that the Senate intelligence committee approved late Tuesday after a closed-door debate. The measure still needs to be considered by at least one more committee before moving to a full Senate vote, and it must be acted on in the House as well. Civil liberties groups are already protesting the proposal to expand provisions in the antiterrorism law, adopted after the Sept. 11 attacks. Lisa Graves, a senior counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union, said, “It is the wrong step in the wrong direction to give the F.B.I. unfettered power to obtain records about people’s health, their wealth and the transactions of their daily life without evidence of criminal wrongdoing.”Full Story

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