UPDATE ~ House Intelligence Committee approves Democrat amendments to Patriot Act

[JURIST] Following up on a story previously reported in JURIST’s Paper Chase, the House Select Committee on Intelligence [official website] Wednesday approved several measures porposed by Democrats during a markup session that would limit on governmental power under the Patriot Act [text]. The measures include a provision requiring federal agents to provide greater detail to judges before getting approval for roving wire taps [Center for Democracy & Technology background], and approval for a measure that allows the FBI to wiretap suspected "lone wolf" terrorists through 2010. The Republican-led committee rejected amendments presented by Representative Jane Harman (D-CA) [official website] that would have limited an investigators' ability to obtain documentary records from libraries or book stores. Read Chairman Pete Hoekstra's statement on Wednesday's markup session. AP has more.

 

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