Autopen | President Obama Robo-Signs Last-Minute Patriot Act Extension Into Law
Minutes before the midnight deadline Thursday, President Obama approved a four-year extension of the government’s Patriot Act powers to search records and conduct roving wiretaps in pursuit of terrorists.
“I think it is an important tool for us to continue dealing with an ongoing terrorist threat,” the president said from the G-8 Summit in France.
The White House said Obama had signed the bill from Europe using an autopen machine that holds a pen and signs his actual signature. It is only used with proper authorization of the president. The action comes a month after intelligence and military forces hunted down Usama bin Laden.