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ACLU to Testify Tuesday on Patriot Act Abuses

WASHINGTON - The American Civil Liberties Union will testify on abuses of the USA
Patriot Act before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the
Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Tuesday at 11 a.m.
Three provisions of the Act - a roving wiretap provision, the John Doe
surveillance provision and Section 215, which expanded intelligence
records searches - are up for renewal this year and will expire on
December 31 if Congress does not take action.

was introduced last week in the Senate to narrow several provisions of
the Patriot Act and other surveillance laws, including the FISA
Amendments Act of 2008. The bill, S.1686, the JUSTICE Act, was
introduced by Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the
Constitution Chairman Senator Russell Feingold (D-WI) and others. The
full Senate Judiciary Committee will be holding a hearing on the
Patriot Act Wednesday, as well.

A hearing before a House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties on the USA Patriot Act.

Michael German, ACLU National Security Policy Counsel and former FBI Special Agent, will testify.


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