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Congress and President Obama face a test Thursday of their commitment to freedom of the press and to holding government accountable. The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to consider a proposed federal shield law that would protect the public’s right to learn vital information about the workings of its government. But some senators are trying to weaken the bill, and the White House has sent mixed signals.
US Spending $75 Billion a Year on Spying 'No Distinction' Between Military, Non-Military Intelligence
Admin Wants Renewal of Domestic Spying Methods The Obama administration, meanwhile, is seeking to renew three controversial domestic spying methods under the USA PATRIOT Act before they expire at year’s end. On Tuesday, the Justice Department asked Congress to extend government powers to collect financial records and monitor suspects with roving wiretaps. The Justice Department says it would consider adding new privacy protections, but only if they don’t “undermine the effectiveness of these important authorities.”
White House Backs Controversial Domestic Surveillance Provisions By VOA News 16 September 2009
The Obama administration is urging lawmakers to extend three provisions of the controversial domestic surveillance law known as the USA Patriot Act. The U.S. Justice Department issued a letter Tuesday asking Congress to renew provisions of the law that allow authorities to conduct roving electronic eavesdropping, or wiretaps, access business records and track so-called "lone wolf" suspects with no known links to foreign powers or terrorist groups.