October 3, 2001

Revamped anti-terrorism bill hits House

Author: JT Smith

Reported at CNET News.com: "U.S. lawmakers introduced a bipartisan bill Tuesday that could greatly expand the
electronic surveillance powers of police and ratchet up penalties relating to certain
computer crimes.

Known as the Provide Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (PATRIOT)
Act, the bill was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives by F. James Sensenbrenner
Jr., R-Wis., and John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., and is expected to be debated in committee
Wednesday afternoon.

"It's incredibly likely to make it through," said an aide to the House Committee on the Judiciary." PATRIOT is the successor to ATA, the proposed Anti-Terrorism Act. Critics say that not much has changed about the proposed legislation, except for its name.

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