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Senators introduce bipartisan Patriot Act extension bill

[JURIST] While amended measures to extend the Patriot Act were approved Wednesday by the House Intelligence Committee [JURIST report] and the House Judiciary Committee [JURIST report], Senators introduced their own bipartisan bill setting restrictions and time limits. SB 1389, introduced by Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) [official website] would provide for increased reporting of how the act is used, increase requirements for certain warrants, wiretaps, and electronic monitoring, and make three controversial parts of the act - including roving wiretaps and library monitoring [New York Times report] temporary rather than permanent. Senator Feinstein's office has issued a press release. The Bush Administration has pushed for a complete renewal of the act, while civil liberties groups and Russ Feingold (D-WI), the only Senator to vote against the original Patriot Act [Senate floor speech, October 2001], said the new legislation doesn't do enough to protect individual rights. The Washington Post has more.

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