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Under cover of debt crisis, Senate looks to extend telco spying immunity

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Legislation which changed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to give U.S. telecoms immunity from prosecution for participating in legally-ambiguous spying programs, isn't set to expire until 2012 -- but one group of U.S. Senators appears to see opportunity in crisis.

Amid the calamitous debt-limit talks seizing Washington in recent weeks, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence kick started yesterday the mark-up of legislation that would reapprove the spying activities and telecom immunity.


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