Bush Reauthorizes Patriot Act Provisions

2006

Calling the Patriot Act “vital to win the war on terror and to protect the American people,” President George W. Bush signs a reauthorization of the two non-permanent provisions of the counterterrorism legislation, extending them for 10 years. The reauthorization, which at first was rejected by the Senate, includes more oversight provisions to address concerns that the FBI could abuse the law’s search, seizure and wiretap provisions. Also, it requires the Justice Department to more closely monitor the FBI, and for the administration to report to Congress on the FBI’s uses of the Patriot Act.