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    Patriot Act Provisions not renewed

    So they didn't get enough votes and the provisions expire on Feb. 28 if they don't get enough by then it seems. Republicans want to keep this crap on the books to 2013 and likely beyond but well, uh, no thanks:

    The House failed to extend the life Tuesday of three provisions of the USA Patriot Act, a slipup for the new Republican leadership that miscalculated the level of opposition.

    The House voted 277-148 to keep the provisions on the books until Dec. 8. But Republicans brought up the bill under a special expedited procedure requiring a two-thirds majority, and the vote was seven short of that.

    The Republicans lost 26 of their own members, adding to the 122 Democrats who voted against it. Supporters say the three measures are vital to preventing another terrorist attack, but critics say they infringe on civil liberties.

    The three provisions will expire Feb. 28 if the House and Senate can't agree on how to proceed.
    I'm not sure exactly which provisions were not renewed, I'll find out.

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    Here are the three provisions:

    The Patriot Act measure would have extended through the end of the year three provisions that are set to expire Feb. 28. One authorizes the FBI to use roving wiretaps on surveillance targets; the second allows the government to access "any tangible items," such as library records, in the course of surveillance; and the third allows for the surveillance of targets who are not connected to an identified terrorist group.

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