Parts of Patriot Act are ex­tended

The Kansas City Star (Sunday) - - WASHINGTON | - The As­so­ci­ated Press

With Obama’s sig­na­ture, three sec­tions that were to ex­pire will stay in force for an­other year.

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama has signed a oneyear ex­ten­sion of sev­eral pro­vi­sions in the na­tion’s main coun­tert­er­ror­ism law, the Patriot Act.

Pro­vi­sions in the mea­sure would have ex­pired to­day without Obama’s sig­na­ture Satur­day.

The act, which was adopted in the weeks af­ter the Sept. 11, 2001, ter­ror at­tacks, ex­pands the gov­ern­ment’s abil­ity to mon­i­tor Amer­i­cans.

Three sec­tions of the Patriot Act that stay in force will:

Au­tho­rize court-ap­proved

rov­ing wire­taps that per­mit sur­veil­lance on mul­ti­ple phones.

Al­low court-ap­proved seizure of records and prop­erty in anti-ter­ror­ism op­er­a­tions.

Per­mit sur­veil­lance against a so-called lone wolf, a non-U.S. ci­ti­zen en­gaged in ter­ror­ism who may not be part of a rec­og­nized ter­ror­ist group.

Obama’s sig­na­ture came af-

ter a 315 to 97 ap­proval from the House.

The Se­nate also ap­proved the mea­sure, with pri­vacy pro­tec­tions cast aside when Se­nate Democrats lacked the nec­es­sary 60-vote su­per­ma­jor­ity to pass them. Thrown away were re­stric­tions and greater scru­tiny on the gov­ern­ment’s au­thor­ity to spy on Amer­i­cans and seize their records.

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