Congress passes Patriot Act, but only temporarily


This means the domestic surveillance law passed after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, has to be renewed before February 3, 2006. The reason for the one-month-only extension is to force Congress to act sooner rather than later on a long-term extension of the domestic terrorist laws.

President George Bush, Alberto Gonzales, the country's Attorney General and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, all want some of the provisions of the law renewed permanently, and some others for at

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