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House Renews Surveillance Law For Five Years

The House overwhelmingly has renewed a surveillance law that allows the government to monitor conversations of foreign spies and terrorist suspects abroad, while requiring approval from a secret court when Americans are targeted — no matter where they are.

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Supporters emphasized that the bill is aimed at foreigners overseas, not Americans, and noted the five-year extension is considered vital by the Obama administration’s intelligence officials. The vote was 301-118.

Opponents said the legislation does not adequately protect Americans from interception of their communications.

Senate opponents have threatened to hold up the bill.

 

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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