Obama signs sur­veil­lance law

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT -

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama signed into law a five-year ex­ten­sion of the U.S. government’s author­ity to mon­i­tor the overseas ac­tiv­ity of sus­pected for­eign spies and ter­ror­ists. The war­rant­less in­ter­cept pro­gram would have ex­pired at the end of 2012 with­out the pres­i­dent’s ap­proval. The re­newal bill won fi­nal pas­sage in the Se­nate on Fri­day. Known as the For­eign In­tel­li­gence Sur­veil­lance Act, the law al­lows the government to mon­i­tor overseas phone calls and emails with­out ob­tain­ing a court or­der for each in­ter­cept.

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