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US senators demand to know from Clapper extent and benefits of spy program

John Ribeiro | July 1, 2013
Secret law removes the public from an informed debate, according to the 26 senators.

The Patriot Act's business records authority is broad in scope, and can be used to collect information on credit card purchases, pharmacy records, library records, firearm sales records, financial information and other sensitive data, according to the letter.

New legislation, introduced last week in the U.S. Senate, called the FISA Accountability and Privacy Protection Act of 2013, aims to reform the Patriot and FISA Amendments Acts to provide greater oversight and control to the government's surveillance programs.


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