Larry Craig, R-ID, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wants
Congress to modify parts of the USA Patriot Act or see the law die
in two years, The Associated Press reported.
by Congress after the September 11 attacks, the act has been criticized
by civil liberty and privacy organizations as being too intrusive.
But the Justice Department has defended it, saying it has been key
to preventing a second catastrophic terrorist attack.
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
revisions, introduced two weeks ago, 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.
also would end nationwide search warrants, forcing Congress to re-evaluate
the power; require “John Doe” roving wiretaps to name either the
person or the place to be tapped; and require law-enforcement officials
to inform a judge every seven days that telling the subject of a
secret search would cause the destruction of evidence, tampering
with evidence or a threat to someone's life.