Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Chairman Leahy’s PATRIOT Act Extensions

Thanks to your calls and emails in response to our action alert, the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday approved the USA PATRIOT Act Sunset Extension Act of 2011 (S. 193) by a vote of 10-7.

S. 193, introduced in January by Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), would extend the three provisions now set to expire on May 27, 2011 until 2013. AALL strongly supports this bill because it would raise the standard for Section 215 orders by requiring the government to show that the tangible things sought are relevant to an authorized investigation and connected to a suspected agent of a foreign power. The bill also includes a December 2013 sunset on National Security Letters.

On February 14, 2011, AALL, the Medical Library Association and the Special Libraries Association sent a letter to Chairman Leahy in support of the bill.

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