Patriot Act Compromise:
The Associated Press has a report on how Congress is likely to resolve the reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act:
House and Senate negotiators struck a tentative deal on the expiring Patriot Act that would curb FBI subpoena power and require the Justice Department to more fully report its secret requests for information about ordinary people, according to officials involved in the talks.This sounds positive as an abstract matter, but, as we know, the devil is in the details. If anyone has more information about the details of the compromise, I hope you'll leave a comment. Links to actual proposed text would be best of all.
The agreement, which would make most provisions of the existing law permanent, was reached just before dawn Wednesday. But by midmorning GOP leaders had already made plans for a House vote on Thursday and a Senate vote by the end of the week. That would put the centerpiece of President Bush's war on terror on his desk before Thanksgiving, a month before more than a dozen provisions were set to expire.