USA Patriot Act Sunset: Provisions That Expire on December 31, 2005 [January 2, 2004] [open pdf - 107KB]
Several sections of Title II of the USA PATRIOT Act (the Act) relating to enhanced foreign intelligence and law enforcement surveillance authority expire on December 31, 2005. Thereafter, the authority remains in effect only as it relates to foreign intelligence investigations begun before sunset or to offenses or potential offense begun or occurring before that date. There may be some disagreement of whether a "potential offense" is a suspected crime, an incomplete crime, or both. The consequences of sunset are not the same for every expiring section. In some instances the temporary provision has been replaced with a permanent one; in some, other provisions have been made temporary by being attached to an expiring section; in still others, the apparent impact of termination has been mitigated by related provisions either in the Act or elsewhere. The temporary provisions are examined in this report. The unimpaired provisions of Title II are also discussed. This report is available in an abridged version as CRS Report RS21704, USA PATRIOT Act Sunset: A Sketch.
CRS Report for Congress, RL32186