4/05/2005

The New York Times > Washington > Justice Dept. Defends Patriot Act Before Senate Hearings

Tuesday the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold the first in a series of Congressional hearings on the question of whether to extend the law.

In advance of the hearing, Justice Department officials sought to strengthen support for the law in the face of criticism from some conservatives and many liberals who say it gives the government too much power to track suspects and use wiretaps.

The data released by the Justice Department late Monday centered on its use of Section 213 of the law, which allows federal agents, with a court order, to enter a suspect's home or residence secretly and search for evidence without immediately telling the person they have been there. The provision is among those set to expire at the end of 2005.
The New York Times > Washington > Justice Dept. Defends Patriot Act Before Senate Hearings

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