US Senate committee could vote to extend spy program

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August 3, 2011
Associated Press    
Posted in News, PND News

"The Senate Intelligence Committee has voted to extend a wide-ranging surveillance law targeting foreigners overseas, but Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, a Democrat, says he will block the measure unless the public is told more about the law’s impact on people living in the United States. In a closed-door session, the committee turned aside an amendment by Wyden and a fellow Democrat, Senator Mark Udall of Colorado, that would have directed the Justice Department’s inspector general to estimate how many people inside the United States have had their phone calls and e-mails monitored by government agents under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments of 2008. The law, due to expire at the end of next year, would be extended to June 2015 if the committee action becomes law." (08/03/11)  

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