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Bush Urges Renewal Of Patriot Act

Bush urges Congress to renew Patriot Act, dismisses civil liberties concerns

President Bush says the terrorist threat against America won't expire at the end of the year, and neither should key provisions of the Patriot Act.

The president spoke at a police training academy in Ohio, urging Congress to make permanent 16 provisions that run out at the end of the year. The act -- passed after Nine-Eleven -- expands law enforcement search and surveillance powers. Bush says it has helped thwart terrorist plots in four states. And he dismissed the opposition of civil liberties groups, saying the act doesn't threaten American freedoms -- it has helped to defend them.

Bush highlighted the case of Columbus truck driver Iyman Faris, who pleaded guilty to aiding al-Qaida after telling investigators of plots to topple New York's Brooklyn Bridge and blow up an Ohio shopping mall. Agents who worked on the case were in Bush's audience, and he says they know the Patriot Act made the prosecution possible.

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