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Congress Votes to Let Government Continue Spying on Your Emails

December 28th, 2012

The Senate on Friday voted in favor of extending for five years the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, which allows the government to monitor American citizens who communicate with foreign citizens when terrorism is believed to be involved.

As part of the monitoring program, the government can get court orders — which do not require probable cause, like typical search warrant — to access citizens’ phone calls as well as electronic messages such as emails, provided there is evidence those communications involve “foreign intelligence information.”

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