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Obama seeks to renew and tweak the PATRIOT ACT


WASHINGTON,(UPI) — The Obama administration has told Congress the Patriot Act, which outlines U.S. government surveillance methods, should be renewed but could be tweaked.

In a letter sent by the Justice Department to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the administration recommended swift action on the legislation but added that the administration was “willing to consider” additional privacy safeguards so long as they don’t “undermine the effectiveness of these important authorities,” The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Three provisions due to expire Dec. 31 allow investigators to use roving wiretaps to monitor terror suspects, obtain business records of national security targets and track “lone wolves” who may be acting alone on behalf of foreign powers or terrorist groups, the Post said. The government hasn’t used the lone wolf provision but department officials said they want to make sure they can in the future if needed.

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