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    Counterterrorism Legislation Review

    Witnesses testified before the committee about the U.S.A. Patriot Act and the SAFE Act and the impact of this legislation on the War on Terror. They spoke about the relationship between these two laws…

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    Pending Judicial Nominations

    The committee discussed several of the President’s nominations to the federal bench. The committee members reviewed the nomination of Susan Neilson to the U.S. Court of Appeals as well as…

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    September 11 Commission Recommendations

    Witnesses testified before the committee about the September 11 Commission’s recommendations on border security and the FBI’s role in counterintelligence, as well as ways of increasing…

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    Human Trafficking and Slavery

    Witnesses testified regarding slavery and human trafficking. Among the topics addressed were the number and destinations of people trafficked, efforts to rescue victims, and the prosecution…

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    Same-Sex Marriage

    Witnesses testified about a proposed amendment to the Constitution barring same-sex marriage. Among the issues they addressed were recent rulings by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court…

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    Homeland Security Oversight

    Secretary Ridge testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the state of the Department of Homeland Security. Senators questioned Secretary Ridge on a variety of topics, including…

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    Justice Department and Terrorism Oversight

    Attorney General Ashcroft testified about the Justice Department’s efforts to combat terrorism and enforcement of the Patriot Act. Much of the hearing also focused on media reports of a…

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    Religious Expression

    Witnesses testified about government discrimination against religious expression and proposed programs to support faith-based charitable initiatives. Following opening statements and…

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    FBI Oversight

    Director Mueller testified about FBI operations, counterterrorism programs within the bureau, information sharing with intelligence agencies, the use of the Patriot Act and civil liberties,…

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    Judicial Nominations

    Brett Kavanaugh testified about his qualifications and career following his nomination as a judge on U.S. Circuit for the District of Columbia. Among the issues he addressed were his work…

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    Splitting the 9th Judicial Circuit

    Judges testified about the possible split of the 9th judicial circuit into two parts. Among the topics they addressed were the case load in the circuit, the pace of appeals hearings and…

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    Cable Industry Competition

    Witnesses testified about the state of competition in the cable television industry. Among the topics they addressed were the price of cable service, expanding types of service provided,…

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    Temporary Guest Workers

    At a hearing to evaluate the administration’s temporary guest worker proposal Senators McCain, Hagel, Craig, and Cornyn testified about the urgency of passing legislation before Senators…

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    Competition in College Bowl Games

    Witnesses testified about the state of competition in college football and the economic issues driving business competition. Among the topics they addressed were the influence of the Bowl…

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    Combating Gang Violence

    Law enforcement officials testified about the problems of gang violence, the spread of gangs, prosecuting gang members for criminal activity, potential legislation criminalizing gang…

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    Database Security

    Witnesses testified about maintaining database security and protecting information maintained by companies and agencies. Among the topics they addressed were maintaining privacy and…

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    Judicial Nominations

    The committee met to vote on the nomination of Justice Janice Rogers Brown for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. The nomination of Justice Brown, who serveed on the California…

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    Deputy Attorney General Nomination

    Mr. Comey testified about his qualifications ,experience, and nomination as Deputy Attorney General. Among the topics he addressed were appointing special counsels to investigate…

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    U.S. Terrorism Prevention Efforts

    A hearing was held to examine the adequacy of the federal laws designed to protect the American public against acts of terrorism on U.S. soil and whether additional tools, reporting…

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    Recruitment of Terrorists in Chaplaincy Programs

    Witnesses testified about the chaplain programs in the military and the U.S. Bureau of Prisons in the aftermath of apparent security breaches at Guantanamo. They reported on how chaplains…

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