Press release: “Republican Senators John Sununu (R-NH), Larry Craig (R-ID), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Chuck Hagel (R-NE) (on 2/9) announced they have reached agreement with the White House regarding the reauthorization of the USA PATRIOT Act. The package includes modifications to the Conference Report in three specific areas to better protect civil liberties while still providing law enforcement with expanded tools to conduct terrorism investigations.
“America’s civil liberty protections are a model to the world. We should always strive to balance protection of these freedoms with the essential needs of law enforcement. The substantive, and at times, emotional debate concerning PATRIOT Act reauthorization reflects the importance of enabling law enforcement to investigate terrorists without sacrificing these rights,” said the Senators. “We are pleased that we have made real progress throughout the overall reauthorization process in addition to the improvements announced today.”
“In particular, the agreement addresses Section 215 orders, National Security Letters (NSLs), and adds clarification that libraries functioning in their traditional capacity, including providing basic Internet access, are not subject to NSLs.”
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