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A bipartisan group of senators is proposing legislation that would amend several controversial provisions of the USA Patriot Act. The Security and Freedom Ensured Act (S. 1709) would make it harder for the FBI to conduct roving wiretaps, obtain library records and delay notice of search warrants.

A bill that would criminalize the sending of "predatory and abusive" e-mail was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee and moved to the Senate's docket. The Criminal Spam Act (S. 1293) sets criminal and civil penalties for transmitting spam with the intent to deceive or mislead recipients as to the origin of such messages, falsifying header information, using fake identities to set up multiple e-mail accounts and accessing a protected computer with the intention of sending out spam.

The House Committee on Government Reform is conducting an extensive review of all Transportation Security Administration (TSA) operations, with a specific focus on airline passenger screening. In a letter to TSA Administrator James Loy, Committee Chairman Tom Davis (R-Va.) says that recent incidents where passengers made it through TSA screenings and brought weapons onto planes partially prompted this discovery.

Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge has appointed longtime aide Duncan Campbell as the new chief of staff for the Department of Homeland Security. Before working at the DHS, Campbell was the director of intergovernmental affairs for the White House Office of Homeland Security. Prior to that, he served as executive director of the Republican Governors Association and as Pennsylvania's state director for the Bush-Cheney 2000 election campaign.


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