Parts of Patriot Act are extended
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:
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.