Key Provisions of USA Patriot Act
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By The Associated Press

December 22,2005 | -- Sixteen provisions of the USA Patriot Act are set to
expire Dec. 31 if not renewed. The Senate voted Wednesday night to extend
them six months. That still has to be approved by the House.

The provisions are:

Section 201 -- Gives federal officials the authority to intercept wire,
spoken and electronic communications relating to terrorism.

Section 202 -- Gives federal officials the authority to intercept wire,
spoken and electronic communications relating to computer fraud and abuse

Subsection 203(b) -- Permits the sharing of grand jury information that
involves foreign intelligence or counterintelligence with federal law
enforcement, intelligence, protective, immigration, national defense or
national security officials

Subsection 203(d) -- Gives foreign intelligence or counterintelligence
officers the ability to share foreign intelligence information obtained as
part of a criminal investigation with law enforcement.

Section 204 -- Makes clear that nothing in the law regarding pen registers
-- an electronic device which records all numbers dialed from a particular
phone line -- stops the government's ability to obtain foreign intelligence

Section 206 -- Allows federal officials to issue roving "John Doe" wiretaps,
which allow investigators to listen in on any telephone and tap any computer
they think a suspected spy or terrorist might use.

Section 207 -- Increases the amount of time that federal officials may watch
people they suspect are spies or terrorists.

Section 209 -- Permits the seizure of voicemail messages under a warrant.

Section 212 -- Permits Internet service providers and other electronic
communication and remote computing service providers to hand over records
and e-mails to federal officials in emergency situations.

Section 214 -- Allows use of a pen register or trap and trace devices that
record originating phone numbers of all incoming calls in international
terrorism or spy investigations.

Section 215 -- Authorizes federal officials to obtain "tangible items" like
business records, including those from libraries and bookstores, for foreign
intelligence and international terrorism investigations.

Section 217 -- Makes it lawful to intercept the wire or electronic
communication of a computer hacker or intruder in certain circumstances.

Section 218 -- Allows federal officials to wiretap or watch suspects if
foreign intelligence gathering is a "significant purpose" for seeking a
Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act order. The pre-Patriot Act standard
said officials could ask for the surveillance only if it was the sole or
main purpose.

Section 220 -- Provides for nationwide service of search warrants for
electronic evidence.

Section 223 -- Amends the federal criminal code to provide for
administrative discipline of federal officers or employees who violate
prohibitions against unauthorized disclosures of information gathered under
this act.

Section 225 -- Amends FISA to prohibit lawsuits against people or companies
that provide information to federal officials for a terrorism investigation.

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