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Senate Intelligence Committee approves new FBI powers in Patriot Act
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WASHINGTON (AP) The FBI would get expanded powers to subpoena records without the approval of a judge or grand jury in terrorism investigations under Patriot Act revisions approved Tuesday by the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Opponents said the new powers, part of the Bush administration's effort to renew and expand the 2001 law, violated basic civil rights.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said she voted against the bill in a closed committee meeting because it left open the possibility that such power could be used in criminal, rather than intelligence-gathering, inquiries.

The panel rejected one amendment that would have required that investigations have "as a significant purpose the collection of intelligence."

The American Civil Liberties Union released a statement criticizing both the substance of the bill and the closed-door meetings to write it.

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