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Thursday, 17 September 2009 13:00

Extending the Patriot Act — and Tyranny

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Becky AkersIn his ongoing impersonation of George W. Bush, Barack Obama supports extending two provisions in the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001 that would otherwise expire at year’s end.

The first is section 206, which authorizes “roving” wiretaps. Previously, the FBI could tap only a specific phone or computer. Section 206 lets the agency monitor any and all “communications devices” a suspect might be using — without even having to name the suspect. In effect, this makes the FBI privy to the entire country’s phones calls and emails.

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