Sen. Larry Craig, ID, wants Congress to modify parts of the USA
Patriot Act or see the law die in two years, The Associated
must be made to the law if it is to be renewed in 2005, said Craig,
a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Patriot Act allows authorities to go before a three-judge panel
and get permission to secretly search the homes of suspected terrorists.
It also allows a court to authorize subpoenas of library loan
records and bookstore receipts of suspected terrorists, as well
as allowing law enforcement to seek "John Doe" roving
wiretaps and nationwide search warrants.
revisions to the law would require the FBI to demonstrate suspicion
that a person is suspected of terrorism or spying before seizing
library or business records, and would require the FBI to get
a court order to get electronic communications from a library
instead of using just an administrative subpoena.
Patriot Act has been criticized by civil liberty and privacy organizations
as being too intrusive. But the Justice Department says it has
prevented a second catastrophic terrorist attack.