BE AFRAID Be Very Afraid. Then Do Something About It.
The FBI wants the power of an administrative subpoena written into the Patriot Act currrently under review. On its own power and say so, without waiting for troublesome approval from a judge, the FBI wants access to your records and your home made a permanent part of your life.
THE NEW YORK TIMES: SECRECY AND CHANGES WASHINGTON, May 24 - Just a few weeks ago, critics and supporters of the sweeping antiterrorism law known as the USA Patriot Act had reduced their differences to only a handful of substantive issues, and the two sides were talking openly about finding room for compromise in renewing the law.
ACLU: CHANGES COULD BE VOTED ON TODAY A proposal to make the law’s most controversial provisions permanent, and to expand it by allowing FBI agents issue their own search orders with no advance court approval, will likely be voted on in secret Thursday.
"Now is the time to bring the Patriot Act in line with the Constitution - not expand it," said Lisa Graves, ACLU Senior Counsel for Legislative Strategy. "Concerned citizens from across the political spectrum have spoken out against the Patriot Act’s secrecy: many provisions are implemented secretly, and the government has kept secret key information on how these extraordinary powers are being used. Now, some lawmakers are trying to keep debate and votes on legislation to reauthorize and expand the Patriot Act secret as well."