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Patriot Act Renewal: 40 Minutes Debate Before a Mostly Empty House

With a vote on H.R. 514 expected this evening, the USA Patriot Act is up for renewal. Reauthorization of the law, which infringes upon Americans’ Fourth Amendment rights by allowing surveillance of individuals engaged in protected First Amendment activities, was granted only 40 minutes of debate this afternoon. The reauthorization bill had no committee consideration [...]