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Obama Signs Last-Minute Patriot Act Extension


Published May 27, 2011 |

Minutes before the midnight deadline Thursday, President Obama approved a four-year extension of the government’s Patriot Act powers to search records and conduct roving wiretaps in pursuit of terrorists.

“I think it is an important tool for us to continue dealing with an ongoing terrorist threat,” the president said from the G-8 Summit in France.

The White House said Obama had signed the bill from Europe using an autopen machine that holds a pen and signs his actual signature. It is only used with proper authorization of the president. The action comes a month after intelligence and military forces hunted down Usama bin Laden.

Following the 72-23 Senate vote, the House voted to approve the bill 250-153 with hours to go before the three terror-fighting tools were set to expire.

The measure extends the legal life of roving wiretaps, court-ordered searches of business records and surveillance of non-American “lone wolf” suspects without confirmed ties to terrorist groups.

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By Daniel Strauss – 05/27/11 11:17 AM ET

Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) is questioning President Obama’s use of an autopen in signing an extension of the Patriot Act.

In a letter Friday, Graves asks Obama to confirm that he saw the law prior to its autopen signing.

Letter Posted below.

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