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Senate Passes Renewal Of Controversial Surveillance Law

Posted on AllSides April 20th, 2024
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Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press

The Senate reauthorized an anti-terrorism surveillance law just after midnight Friday, overcoming objections from lawmakers worried the revamp did not do enough to protect Americans’ privacy.

The Senate rushed to vote, 60 to 34, in favor of the two-year renewal, barely missing approving it ahead of the law’s midnight expiration. With the House having passed the bill last week, it was set to go to the White House for President Joe Biden’s signature.

Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act allows the U.S. to keep tabs on the communications...

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