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Bush asks Congress to alter 1978 eavesdropping law

The Bush administration asked Congress on Friday to expand the number of people it can subject to electronic surveillance in the United States. The request was contained in a proposed bill authored by intelligence and Justice Department officials that also protects companies that cooperate with spy operations. Legislation submitted a week ahead of a Senate hearing on government surveillance practices calls for the 1978 law that governs eavesdropping operations to be updated to combat the threat from Islamist militants who use computer and wireless technology that did not exist in the 1970s. Full Story

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