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Administration appeal for more surveillance powers sparks outcry

September 11, 2003 Privacy and civil-liberties groups on Thursday criticized President Bush's call for expanding government surveillance capabilities but said mounting criticism of a 2001 anti-terrorism law had forced the administration into adopting a piecemeal strategy for new anti-terrorism laws. In a Wednesday speech at the FBI academy in Quantico, Va., Bush called...

Provision in House bill would boost telework efforts at agencies

August 22, 2003 The Commerce, Justice and State departments, along with the federal judiciary, would have to implement policies promoting telecommuting for 100 percent of their workforce within six months of lawmakers' passage of a House appropriations bill. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., a long-time advocate of telecommuting, included that language in the House...

Ashcroft begins tour defending anti-terror powers

August 19, 2003 Attorney General John Ashcroft began a multi-city speaking tour on Tuesday aimed at defending the anti-terrorism law dubbed the USA PATRIOT Act. Although the statute has become increasingly controversial since its enactment in 2001, Ashcroft said it is an essential tool in finding and disrupting terrorist cells. In a speech...

House backs more FBI funding but with conditions

August 12, 2003 House lawmakers want to increase funding levels for the FBI to help it combat terrorism, cybercrime and conventional crime, but they also want to put the bureau on a shorter leash, according to the budget plan the chamber passed on July 23. The House passed a bill, H.R. 2799, to...

Lawmakers introduce measures to dilute antiterror bill

August 4, 2003 There appears to be a groundswell of opposition to current language in the sweeping anti-terrorism law known as the USA Patriot Act in the the passel of bills introduced by lawmakers last week. Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski introduced S. 1552, co-sponsored with privacy advocate Sen. Ron Wyden, R-Ore., as...

ACLU sues Justice, FBI over broader surveillance powers

July 30, 2003 The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday sued the Justice Department and FBI over a provision of a 2001 anti-terrorism law that gives law enforcement easier access to a range of business records, including those of libraries, bookstores, and hospitals. In press conferences in Detroit joined by Rep. John Conyers,...

Attorney General Ashcroft promotes antiterrorism law

July 28, 2003 Attorney General John Ashcroft on Monday used the occasion of a conference on the response to the September 2001 terrorist attack on the Pentagon to decry critics of an antiterrorism measure enacted later that year. "Unfortunately, some Americans have been told myths about this law, a myth that [police] can...

FBI director says agency has become 'flexible and agile'

July 23, 2003 The FBI is using new anti-terrorism powers in a responsible manner, is boosting its intelligence capabilities and is progressing toward upgrading what agency officials have acknowledged as weak information technology capabilities, Director Robert Mueller said on Wednesday. Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee jointly with Asa Hutchinson, undersecretary for border...

FBI, FTC warn against new form of identity theft

July 21, 2003 Officials from the FBI and FTC joined with the Internet service provider EarthLink and the National Consumers' League on Monday to warn against a new form of identity theft. In a press conference, FTC and FBI officials announced the FTC's first prosecution against an individual who allegedly used America Online's...

New science bill resolves key House, Senate disputes

July 3, 2003 The Senate Commerce Committee's bill authorizing a coordinated effort among the federal government's nanotechnology programs looks a lot more like the House-passed version of the bill-and a lot more like what the technology industry wanted. Now some congressional supporters are planning to discuss the possibility of "pre-conferencing" the bill to...

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