GOP wants federal anti-terror law permanent

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Republicans in Congress want to make permanent the broad antiterrorism law that was supposed to expire in 2005. The New York Times reports. Many Democrats and some Republicans maintain that the “Patriot Act” goes too far in allowing federal agencies to spy on Americans, and will resist an indefinite extension. The law increased federal surveillance powers over terrorist suspects. It was passed barely a month after the September, 11, 2001, terorist attacks.


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