From the ACLU:
Several Members of Congress will soon introduce bipartisan legislation to fix problems in the Patriot Act without weakening any of the new authority it provided to fight terrorism. This legislation — the Security and Freedom Ensured (SAFE) Act — would surgically add key checks and balances, like court review, on some of the Patriot Act provisions most prone to abuse.
The Patriot Act passed a mere 45 days after the Sept. 11 attacks with virtually no debate or discussion. Now, thanks to this act and other Bush Administration actions, the government has significant new powers to conduct secret searches and gather information without proper judicial review.
The government has not been shy to use these new powers. In 2003, for the first time in history, the American government used more secret intelligence wiretaps — which have fewer checks against potential abuse — than criminal wiretaps. Concerned that the government is using its secret intelligence powers to circumvent the Constitution, several Members of Congress will introduce the SAFE Act to help ensure that the government does not abuse its counter-terrorism powers.
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