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Nadler to Chair Hearing on the USA PATRIOT Act

 
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 6:56 pm    Post subject: Nadler to Chair Hearing on the USA PATRIOT Act
From Tue Sep 08, 2009 3:00 am to Thu Sep 10, 2009 2:59 am (included)
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CONGRESSMAN

JERROLD NADLER

8th Congressional District of New York



Nadler to Chair Hearing on the USA PATRIOT Act



Subcommittee will examine the Act’s efficacy and excesses and consider ways to improve this problematic law



FOR PLANNING PURPOSES: Tuesday, September 08, 2009

CONTACT: Ilan Kayatsky, 212-367-7350



WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, will chair a hearing tomorrow on the USA PATRIOT Act. The hearing will explore the overall utility of the USA PATRIOT Act and the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Act, and will specifically look into the shortcomings and excesses of certain overreaching provisions within the Acts and consider whether to modify or dispense with those provisions. The hearing will take place at 10:30am on Wednesday, September 9, 2009, in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2141, Washington, D.C.



The USA PATRIOT Act, the USA PATRIOT Act Reauthorization and the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Act were originally designed to improve the process of federal intelligence gathering. Subsequently, major issues have surfaced with the overall utility of those laws and how they may have restricted the constitutional rights and freedoms of American citizens. In addition to examining the Acts in general, the hearing will focus on certain provisions of the laws which are set to sunset. In particular: the USA PATRIOT Act’s Section 206, which expanded wiretapping powers under FISA, and Section 215, which allowed the federal government broadened access to business and personal records; and, the so-called ‘lone-wolf’ provision, Section 6001(a) of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Act, which expanded the categories of potential targets of FISA investigations.



What: House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Hearing on the USA PATRIOT Act



When: Wednesday, September 9, 2009, at 10:30am

Where: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2141, Washington, D.C.



Who:



Suzanne Spaulding, American Civil Liberties Union

Michael German, American Civil Liberties Union

Tom Evans, former GOP Representative from Delaware

Kenneth Wainstein, former Assistant Attorney General,

National Security Division, U.S. Department of Justice



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Jerrold Nadler has served in Congress since 1992. He represents New York’s 8th Congressional District, which includes parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn.
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