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BUSH SHUNS PATRIOT ACT ; IN ADDENDUM TO LAW, HE SAYS OVERSIGHT RULES ARE NOT BINDING
[THIRD Edition]
Boston Globe - Boston, Mass.
Author: Savage, Charlie
Date: Mar 24, 2006
Start Page: A.1
Section: National/Foreign
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After The New York Times disclosed in December that [Bush] had authorized the military to conduct electronic surveillance of Americans' international phone calls and e-mails without obtaining warrants, as required by law, Bush said his wartime powers gave him the right to ignore the warrant law.

Senator Patrick J. Leahy, Democrat of Vermont, inserted a statement into the record of the Senate Judiciary Committee objecting to Bush's interpretation of the Patriot Act, but neither the signing statement nor Leahy's objection received coverage from in the mainstream news media, Leahy's office said.

Yesterday, Leahy said Bush's assertion that he could ignore the new provisions of the Patriot Act provisions that were the subject of intense negotiations in Congress represented "nothing short of a radical effort to manipulate the constitutional separation of powers and evade accountability and responsibility for following the law."

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