Bush urges renewal of anti-terrorist "Patriot Act" provisions
President Bush is urging Congress again to renew provisions of the anti-terrorist "Patriot Act" which are due to expire this year.
The president says lawmakers must not be lulled by "the passage of time or the illusion of safety." The act passed in the aftermath of the Nine-Eleven attacks. It bolstered FBI surveillance and law-enforcement powers, including of the use of material witness warrants in terrorist cases that allow officials to hold suspects incommunicado for months.