Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Patriot Act heads to Bush for approval

President calls act vital tool against terrorism

Congress on Tuesday renewed controversial provisions of the U.S.A. Patriot Act -- a vote which sends the measure to President Bush for his signature. The law has been bouncing between the House and Senate for weeks as both chambers looked for an acceptable compromise.

Passed in the weeks after the September 11 attacks, it is intended to help investigate and capture possible terrorists -- but includes powers such as allowing library and medical records to be accessed without a court order. Details from ABC News.

Related: CNN

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