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Anti-terror law approaches expiration date in shadow of Snowden

Anti-terror law approaches expiration date in shadow of Snowden

A decade after Sept. 11, 2001, Congress was deeply divided over the sweeping surveillance powers it had granted the government in the immediate aftermath of the attacks. So when it came time to reauthorize the legislation, lawmakers kept the intelligence community on what they imagined was a short leash: a four-year extension. That was in 2011 — long before anyone in Congress knew the name Edward J. Snowden. Now the law's sunset date — June 1 — is fast approaching, and Snowden's revelations about the government's dragnet approach to gathering telephone data have created some hard terrain between lawmakers and a reauthorization of the Patriot Act. ...

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