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Weekly column: Patriot Act "conference report" larded with irrelevancies (4/4)

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Perspective:  Must we renew the Patriot Act?
By Declan McCullagh
December 12, 2005, 4:00 AM PST

What do mandatory drug testing, cigarette taxes and methamphetamine 
restrictions have to do with protecting America from terrorists?

As far as I can tell, the answer is "nothing." But they nevertheless 
appear in a 219-page proposed law to renew the Patriot Act that 
Republicans have scheduled for a vote this week.

A fraction--a mere 16 sections--of the Patriot Act's awesome 
surveillance powers expire Dec. 31. They expanded secret methods the FBI 
can use to obtain business records; authorized more information sharing 
between Internet providers and police; and listed computer hacking as an 
offense permitting increased eavesdropping.

[...remainder snipped...]

Posted by Declan McCullagh on Dec 12, 2005 in category privacy

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