A short-term extension of the controversial USA Patriot Act, after acrimonious debate between the House and Senate, gives us all more time to digest the impact of the law that expanded government surveillance powers after 9/11. The congressional debate resumes in the new year.

Patriot general. U.S. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales has a Web page promoting the Patriot Act as “an essential part of our Nation’s efforts in the war against terrorism.” He warns that without it, we face a “return to a pre-9/11 mode of information sharing.”


Patriot blog. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, wary of the act, posts news updates on this blog.



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