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U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
Who will watch the watchers? [Editorial]
Who will watch the watchers? [Editorial]

Having conducted a months-long review of the issue, President Obama reportedly will soon announce a proposal to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of data about Americans' phone calls and require the agency to get a court order before seeking such information in the future. But putting limits on the agency's capacity to spy on Americans may not be as easy as it sounds, especially if the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court which is supposed to rule on the legality of NSA programs, continues to rubber-stamp its approval of every request the agency apparently makes. Since the cases the court hears, its deliberations and the decisions it makes are...