US President Bush signs extension of Patriot Act
The White House said that the President was not satisfied with the short extension and would work hard to make the law permanent.india Updated: Dec 31, 2005 10:08 IST
US President George W Bush put his signature on a legislation that extends the Patriot Act, a comprehensive anti-terrorism law, by five weeks.
Sixteen provisions of the law were set to expire at the end of 2005. Bush has been pushing for a permanent extension, but the US Senate blocked such an effort over concerns that the legislation threatens civil liberties.
The White House said on Friday Bush was "not satisfied" with the short extension and would work hard to make the law permanent.
"He wants to have the Patriot Act permanently reauthorised and renewed," White House spokesman Trent Duffy said. "It is a vital tool for protecting the American people."