Obama approves extension of expiring Patriot Act provisions.

President Barack Obama, who is attending a summit in France,…

President Barack Obama, who is attending a summit in France, directed the use of an autopen late Thursday to sign key provisions of the Patriot Act that were due to expire at midnight.

By a 250-153 vote, the Republican-led House agreed to extend the expiring provisions of the law passed after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

They deal with roving wiretaps, the tracking of alleged “lone wolf” terrorists and the ability of law enforcement officials to obtain any records they deem relevant to an investigation after securing an order from a federal court.

Legislators opposed to the extensions claim that the provisions — particularly related to wiretapping — are intrusive and unconstitutional. Supporters argue that they are a critical component of U.S. anti-terror operations.

Source: Tom Cohen for CNN.

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