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Congress Passes FISA Amendments Act, Giving Telecom Companies Immunity and Expanding Wiretapping Powers

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Congress Passes FISA Amendments Act, Giving Telecom Companies Immunity and Expanding Wiretapping Powers

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The US Senate passes the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (“FAA”). P.L. 110-261. As the The New York Times reported: "The Senate gave final approval on Wednesday to a major expansion of the government’s surveillance powers, handing President Bush one more victory in a series of hard-fought clashes with Democrats over national security issues. The measure, approved by a vote of 69 to 28, is the biggest revamping of federal surveillance law in 30 years. It includes a divisive element that Mr. Bush had deemed essential: legal immunity for the phone companies that cooperated in the National Security Agency wiretapping program he approved after the Sept. 11 attacks."

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008 (All day)
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