US House voted to allow NSA keep spying on Americans

Published on 12 Jan 2018, 6:17
The US House of Representatives has passed a bill to renew the National Security Agency's warrantless internet surveillance program.

The bill was passed 256 to 164 despite objections from privacy advocates who say the legislation would expand the NSA's surveillance powers. The controversy centers on part of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which allows for collection of foreign intelligence data and effectively collection of Americans’ communications. Some representatives tried in vain to pass an amendment requiring a warrant for scrutiny of accidentally-collected communications of Americans. The bill would now extend the NSA's spying program for six years with minimal changes. The legislation comes after years of Congressional debate on the scope of US spying program. The debate was fueled by the 2013 leak of classified secrets by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

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