Patriot Act Made Permanent

The House voted Thursday to make permanent most of the key provisions of the USA Patriot Act, the sweeping law passed in the weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that expanded law-enforcement powers to investigate suspected terrorists.
Hours after the London subway system was bombed for the second time in two weeks, House members opened a daylong debate on the Patriot Act.
Supporters of the law said the London attacks underscored the importance of the act. Critics had said Congress should more thoroughly review and amend a law that they contended was passed in haste and could allow government abuses of privacy and civil liberties.
Chicago Tribune | Patriot Act provisions get House boost