Barr Meets with U.S. Attorney General
One Hour Meeting Focuses on the USA PATRIOT ACT
Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Former US Rep. Bob Barr (R-GA) met for one hour yesterday afternoon with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, at the Department of Justice in Washington. The two discussed the USA PATRIOT Act, and in particular concerns expressed by Barr and others from across the political spectrum with certain provisions in the 2001 law, some of the provisions of which are up for reauthorization by the Congress this year.

Barr, who characterized the meeting as “very productive,” said he was “very pleased the new Attorney General has shown a sincere willingness to consider concerns I and others have with some provisions in the USA PATRIOT Act, and that he is at least willing to consider possible amendments to the law.”

Barr said he “hopes the dialog will continue over the coming months as the Congress conducts oversight hearings on the USA PATRIOT Act, and as it decides whether to amend some of its provisions,” a task Barr says is “absolutely necessary in order to restore balance between our civil liberties and the government’s goal of preventing future terrorist acts.”

Barr, a former Member of Congress, has served with the U.S. Department of Justice and Central Intelligence Agency. He continues to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association and works with such groups as Harvard University, the American Conservative Union Foundation, and the ACLU on issues related to privacy and national security and serves as the chairman for Patriots to Restore Checks and Balances.


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