WASHINGTON – The Obama administration supports extending three key provisions of the Patriot Act that are due to expire at the end of the year, the Justice Department told Congress in a letter made public Tuesday.
Lawmakers and civil rights groups had been pressing the Democratic administration to say whether it wants to preserve the post-Sept. 11 law's authority to access business records, as well as monitor so-called "lone wolf" terrorists and conduct roving wiretaps.
The provision on business records was long criticized by rights groups as giving the government access to citizens' library records, and a coalition of liberal and conservative groups complained that the Patriot Act gives the government too much authority to snoop into Americans' private lives.
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:53 PM on Sep. 15, 2009
I don't know, I've got mixed feelings on the Patriot Act. Personally, I don't have a problem with it because I never say anything I'd be afraid of the government knowing about. Yet, I don't like the idea of them being able to pry into the private lives of Americans. I think it might be a good way to obtain useful information IF possible terrorists use their personal phones to conduct their evil plans. Yet, I don't think they'd be that stupid, KNOWING the government is listening in.
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Answer by Anonymous at 11:34 PM on Sep. 15, 2009
Its been awhile since I read the PA, so I'd need to review what sections specifically he wants to extend, but based on what you pasted, AGAINST.
I strongly disagree with PsWifey (sorry ;)) and anyone who says only people breaking the law should be worried.
The constitution protects people from unreasonable searches and seizures. "Roving" wiretaps IS unreasonable. If you don't have enough evidence to secure a search warrant you shouldn't be doing that tap, or accessing those records and what have you, Any time the constitution is trampled on people should be concerned, even law-abiding people.
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