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House Judiciary committee unanimously approves "PATRIOT" act


    Patriot Bill Moves Along
    By Declan McCullagh (declan@wired.com)
    7:16 a.m. Oct. 4, 2001 PDT

    WASHINGTON -- A key House panel has unanimously approved unprecedented
    surveillance powers for police, capping a fiery weeklong debate over
    how to balance freedom while fighting terrorism.

    Late Wednesday evening, the House Judiciary Committee voted 36-0 in
    favor of an anti-terrorism bill crafted by GOP and Democratic leaders
    but opposed by civil liberties groups. The full House will likely vote
    on the measure by next week.

    During the six-hour debate that ended at 8:30 p.m. EDT, which included
    votes on amendments to the bill, committee members said they felt the
    so-called Patriot Act -- based loosely on the additional police powers
    that President Bush had requested -- is a reasonable compromise
    between liberty and security.


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