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Strange bedfellows: critics left and right oppose warrantless wiretapping renewal

Congress is struggling to reauthorize key rules that govern National Security Agency wiretapping, without a warrant, of foreign targets outside the United States. The rules are set to expire at the end of the year, though the NSA believes it could legally continue the program through April while lawmakers continue to debate the subject. The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the issue Thursday. It’s unclear when or if the Senate will follow suit.

Q: What program is at issue?

The rules in question are set out in Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence

Q: Is there a problem?Q: What are the politics?Q: Where does the issue stand?Q: Where will this end?

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