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Attorney General, FBI and CIA directors asking for renewal of parts of Patriot Act

Associated Press | April 27 2005

Comment: Unaware of any claim of civil rights abuse? Try this list right here, and that's barely scratching the surface.

CAPITOL HILL The terrorist threat against the United States remains real -- and it won't go away at the end of the year when some of the most controversial provisions of the Patriot Act expire. That's what Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has told the Senate Intelligence Committee today. He's asking that the "sunset provisions" of the law be repealed.

F-B-I Director Robert Mueller (MUHL'-ur) says "many of our counter-terrorism successes can be directly traced" to provisions of the Patriot Act. Mueller praised the sections of the law that permit information-sharing among agencies, allow for roving wiretaps and expand counter-terrorism search authority.

Both Mueller and Gonzales say they are unaware of "any substantiated" claim of civil rights abuse connected to the law.

The Patriot Act was passed in the days following the Nine-Eleven attacks to beef up the nation's arsenal of terror-fighting tools.