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USA Patriot Act: Background and Comparison

Author: Charles Doyle
August 9, 2005


The House and Senate have each passed USA Patriot Reauthorization Acts, HR 3199 and S 3189. Both make permanent most of the expiring USA Patriot Act sections, occasionally in modified form. After amending two of the more controversial expiring sections, 206 and 215, they postpone their expiration date, S 1389 until December 31, 2009; HR 3199 until December 31, 2015. Both address questions raised as to the constitutionality of various "national security letter" (NSL) statues by providing for review, enforcement and exceptions to the attendant confidentiality requirements in more explicit terms.

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Out of Time in North Korea

Author: Richard N. Haass
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The U.S. policy of strategic patience with North Korea is finished. But direct U.S. talks with Pyongyang, conditioned on a nuclear & missile...