Specter: DOJ not providing Congress sufficient detail on Patriot Act use

[JURIST] Senator Arlen Specter [official website], chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website], has criticized Justice Department and FBI officials for failing to provide the committee details about their demands for records and their use of roving wiretaps and secret search warrants authorized under the USA PATRIOT Act [PDF text]. The Judiciary Committee held a closed-door briefing Tuesday on whether the antiterrorism law should be renewed, during which the Justice Department was supposed to provide specifics on its use of the Patriot Act to elaborate on the declassified data released last week [JURIST report]. Following the hearing, Specter said that in light of concerns about whether the law has impinged on due process and civil rights, Congress needs to understand "exactly what [the DOJ is] doing and where the justification is." The New York Times has more.



 

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