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6/9/05

President Bush Calls For Renewal Of The Patriot Act

President Bush called on Congress to renew the Patriot Act today. He spoke at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy in Columbus.

He said, "The Patriot Act has accomplished exactly what it was designed to do. It has protected American liberty and saved American lives. The problem is at the end of this year, 16 critical provisions of the Patriot Act are scheduled to expire. Some people call these sunset provisions. That's a good name. Because letting that -- those provisions expire would leave law enforcement in the dark. All 16 provisions are practical, important and they are constitutional. Congress needs to renew them all. And this time, Congress needs to make the provisions permanent."

Critics argue the Patriot Act undermines freedom and civil liberties.

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