FISA Bill Ups Oversight Without Curbing Surveillance Powers

Law360, New York (July 20, 2012, 8:25 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday advanced legislation to increase oversight of the government's surveillance powers under a proposed extension of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments, but the measure will likely fail to appease critics in an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court lawsuit who say the amendments unlawfully subject their foreign communications to increased scrutiny.

In a 10-8 party line vote with no Republicans backing the measure, the Judiciary Committee reported S. 3276, the FAA Sunsets Extension Act of 2012, after adopting by unanimous consent...
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