Obama signs Patriotic Act four-year extension into law

By on May 27, 2011 in Europe, International, Politics, United States, World Comments

US President Barack Obama approved the four-year extension of the Patriot Act on Thursday, May 26, 2011, while on his Europe tour.

US President Barack Obama
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According to US news sites, President Obama signed the bill into law before midnight after reviewing its expiring provisions to fight terrorists, while attending an international summit in France.

Apparently, White House told reports that an autopen machine was used to approve the bill, bearing Obama’s actual signature, which is only used as authorized by the president.

President Obama’s approval came after it passed the US Senate with a 72-23 vote and a 250-153 from the House of Representatives, only a few days before it expires.

The law allows authorities to access business records and to conduct roving wiretaps with the aim to prevent further attack of terrorists, including the so-called “”one wolf” suspects who aren’t affiliated with any terrorist group.

With the extension of the Patriot Act, the law was believed to be renewed periodically since it might be used to violate human rights, in which now will extend until June 15, 2015.

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