Obama seeks Patriot Act extensions

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The letter said that authorities apply for roving wiretaps in about 22 cases a year, and can do so only when the suspect is engaged in countersurveillance techniques such as frequently changing phone numbers.

The business record provision allows investigators to seize financial, medical, library and other records of a suspected terrorists.

“The absence of such an authority could force the FBI to sacrifice key intelligence opportunities,” Mr. Weich, the assistant attorney general, wrote.

The “lone wolf” provision allows authorities to monitor a person suspected of engaging in terrorism, but who may not be linked to a specific terrorist organization.

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Ben Conery is a member of the investigative team covering the Supreme Court and legal affairs. Prior to coming to The Washington Times in 2008, Mr. Conery covered criminal justice and legal affairs for daily newspapers in Connecticut and Massachusetts. He was a 2006 recipient of the New England Newspaper Association’s Publick Occurrences Award for a series of articles about ...

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