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Table of Contents - January 22, 2018

Senate Vote on Surveillance Bill Disappoints Privacy Advocates

Legislation to reauthorize provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act cleared the Senate this week by a vote of 65-to-34, disappointing civil liberties advocates who had hoped to restrict the government's ability to spy on Americans but ensuring that a key national security program would continue for another six years.

The FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act (S 139) cleared the House last week (CPR, Jan. 15) and is expected to be signed by the president. The bill offers only modest changes in a statute that authorizes the U.S. intelligence community to monitor the electronic communications of foreign surveillance targets who are overseas.

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