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On May 26, 2011, President Barack Obama signed into law a four-year extension of the Patriot Act, a post-September 11 bill that gave the federal government broad powers to search records and conduct roving wiretaps in pursuit of terrorists.


With Obama in France for a G-8 summit, the White House said the president used an autopen machine to sign his actual signature on the document. This is the first instance of legislation signed remotely by a US president. 


These photographs are archived views from the National Park Service webcams the day of Obama’s signature.


Produced during the Copy Rights research residency at Provisions: Art for Social Change, Washington D.C.


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