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Congress' passage of NSA bill will rein in surveillance, a first since Sept. 11
Congress' passage of NSA bill will rein in surveillance, a first since Sept. 11

Congress gave final approval Tuesday to the most sweeping rollback of government surveillance powers in the post-Sept. 11 era, clearing the way for a new program that bans the National Security Agency from collecting and storing Americans’ telephone dialing records. The Senate’s 67-32 vote reflected growing concerns about privacy, but also increasing unease among lawmakers that Sunday’s abrupt expiration of the surveillance program, caused by congressional deadlock, posed a national security risk. The new system allows intelligence agencies to access the same kind of call records, but only by requesting the information from telephone companies with a court order. ...

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