Call Me Stormy

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Obama’s Broad Spy Powers

After a perfunctory, last-minute debate, the Senate has reauthorized a law allowing for sweeping federal spying powers, including warrantless surveillance on domestic communications.¬†Amendments that would have offered a small degree of oversight were pushed aside. Defenders claimed that they simply didn’t have time to properly consider alternatives, but that’s mainly because they didn’t schedule a debate until mere hours remained before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act amendments were set to expire.

Cato Institute research fellow Julian Sanchez examines the alternatives.

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