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Final approval for US Patriot Act


The US Congress has given its final approval to the renewal of the Patriot Act, providing a boost to President Bush's fight in the "war on terror".
Concerns over civil liberties had prevented the act from being passed for several months.

The White House agreed to revise the bill after senators expressed unease over the level of power afforded to federal agents.

The act was first introduced just weeks after the 11 September attacks.

The bill was passed by the House of Representatives on Tuesday by 280 votes to 138.

It was given approval by the Senate last week.

"This much-needed legislation gives law enforcement the tools necessary to stay on the offensive in our fight against terrorism," House Republican Speaker Dennis Hastert said.
I'm automatically suspiscious of any legislation with a name like Patriot Act. (Even if it is an acronym).


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