Representative Mike Kelly Votes to Extend Three Patriot Act Counterterrorism Provisions

Representative Mike Kelly Votes to Extend Three Patriot Act Counterterrorism Provisions
 
Washington, D.C.—Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) voted today for a 90-day extension of three expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 and Intelligence Reform of Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. The provisions have given national security investigators the tools they need to pursue and dismantle terrorist plots, including roving wiretap surveillance authority; an ability to track threats from non-U.S. citizens acting as “lone wolf” agents; and authority to obtain documentation from businesses and other institutions that provide evidence of or leads to suspected terrorist activity. Rep. Kelly issued the following statement:
 
“Ten years ago, nearly 3,000 innocent American lives were lost during the terrorist attacks of September 11. As our nation mourned, we vowed: Never Again.

“Since 9/11, at least 36 known plots against America have been prevented.  We have been kept safe because of the tireless and valiant efforts of our intelligence community, law enforcement, armed forces, and countless others. But make no mistake: the threat of another terrorist attack is real and we must remain vigilant. As it’s been said, those charged with protecting us from an attack have to be right 100 percent of the time, and those terrorists seeking our harm only have to be right once. 

“The provisions extended today give national security investigators the tools they need to stay ahead of the terrorists. These tools are lawful and obtained through an extensive judicial process. They are the same tools that have been used for decades by criminal investigators going after the mob, drug dealers, child pornographers and kidnappers. We should go after terrorists just as aggressively, especially when you consider the possibility of another 9/11.

“Over the next few months, Congress will continue to evaluate these amendments to ensure that the constitutional protections they provide are secure and sufficient. Significant safeguards have been put in place to protect civil liberties as we work to protect and defend the homeland. The two are not incompatible and we will continue to strike that critical balance.”
 
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February 18th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories | 1 Comment

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