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These rights, which are too numerous to list and too changing to set forth in a constitution, are subject not to specific guarantees but to the Constitution’s structural protections. Background check s were run on all government officials, with so-called “derogatory information” (such as membership in the Communist Party or a subscription to the radically left-wing ) noted. Many provisions of the Patriot Act were due to expire at the end of this year, and President Bush pushed hard to get them renewed before January.

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