Senate approves expansion of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

Senate approves legislation to expand the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The law gives legal immunity to the telephone companies that participated in the National Security Agency secret wiretapping program after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and broadens the government’s ability to eavesdrop on those in the U.S. and abroad it suspects are linked to terrorist activities. President Bush signs the bill into law the following day.

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