House Republicans seek to extend Patriot Act

On Friday, the House of Representatives scheduled a vote next week on legislation that would extend the provisions of the so-called Patriot Act, without modification, until Dec. 8, instead of letting them expire at the end of this month. The move is designed to give the House Judiciary Committee, now under Republican management, time to hold hearings on the law, according to an aide to the committee’s new chairman, Representative Lamar Smith of Texas.

The expiring provisions allow investigators to get “roving wiretap” court orders for targets who switch phone numbers or providers; to seize “any tangible things” deemed relevant to an investigation, like a business’s customer records; and to get wiretap orders against terrorism suspects who are not connected to any foreign terrorist group or government.

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  1. There is a public poll here: https://www.popvox.com/bills/us/112/hr514 which will be forwarded to your respective congressman. If you want to change something, vote and spread the word via Facebook, Twitter and so on. There is not much time left.

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