Monday, April 4, 2005

Celebrate? Parts of PATRIOT act due to expire?

Parts of the hated PATRIOT act are due to expire on December 31, 2005 (this year). It's too early to celebrate as there's a a long trek ahead to ensure that they do expire. See, Congress is beginning debate this week over what to do about it, and part of the debate is over extending the provisions set to expire.

See here:

The next chapter in the Patriot Act

(April 4, 2005, 4:00 AM PT; By Declan McCullagh; CNET News)

The CNET News article above has a great wealth of information.

In case you, like almost everybody, including Congress, did not read or do not understand the PATRIOT act, here's a great place to start:
EPIC USA PATRIOT Act Page as well as the
text of the PATRIOT Act.

In particular the CNET article draws on this EPIC resource: USA Patriot Act Sunset: Provisions That Expire December 31, 2005 (PDF), CRS Report for Congress RL32186, January 2, 2004.

There is a select group of people debating this at http://www.patriotdebates.com/