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House pulls vote on FISA bill

The House late Wednesday nixed a planned vote on the FISA bill passed earlier this month by the Senate and which would authorize three surveillance initiatives in the USA Freedom Act. “We just formally announced a whip against it because, number one, it’s not going to become law,” Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., told reporters. “Number…
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Senate passes bipartisan amendment to protect surveillance targets, delays FISA reauthorization

The Senate Wednesday passed an amendment to the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act that would put a check on government surveillance activities by expanding the role of independent “friend of the court” to include FBI surveillance asks in all cases before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. “This is a critical victory towards reforming our broken intelligence surveillance system,”…
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Bipartisan bill re-ups USA Freedom reauthorizations, aims at surveillance reform

The House Tuesday introduced bipartisan legislation that lawmakers touted as reforming the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court (FISC) based on recent recommendations from the Justice Department inspector general (IG) and ends the government’s controversial domestic surveillance program, but which detractors say doesn’t represent reform at all. The bill, USA Freedom Reauthorization Act, bumps up congressional oversight…
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