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Surveillance Bill Sails Through Senate

The Senate yesterday overwhelmingly approved a bill intended to close a legal loophole that lawmakers say prevented the FBI from obtaining a warrant to conduct surveillance of terrorist suspect Zacarias Moussaoui before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The legislation, known as the “Moussaoui fix,” was approved 90 to 4. It would make it easier for the FBI to seek warrants for wiretaps and searches on non-Americans suspected of planning terrorist attacks, by eliminating a requirement to show the suspect was connected to a known terrorist group or a country that sponsors terrorism. The FBI did not pursue a warrant to search Moussaoui’s computer before the Sept. 11 attacks because officials believed they could not show the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that he was tied to a terrorist group or country that sponsored terrorism, senators said. Moussaoui is charged with conspiring in the attacks. Moussaoui was in custody on immigration charges when the attacks occurred. He has denied being part of the Sept. 11 plot. Full Story

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