Kyl Amendment to Strengthen Patriot Act

The largest expansion of federal powers since the USA PATRIOT Act died in the Senate Oct. 5, 2004. Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ)'s amendment to the Senate intelligence reform bill, S. 2845, was ruled nongermane.

Satellite Imagery FOIA Exemption

A proposed Freedom of Information Act exemption, restricting public access to satellite images and related data, appeared in the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2005. The Senate passed the exemption in June 2004, and the broad language would have imposed strong restrictions on the dissemination of unclassified information that is relied upon for reporting to the public on disasters, international incidents, wars, and other news items.