Greater Oversight Given to Spy Program House Democrats move ahead with legislation giving more oversight of the U.S. spying program. Under the new bill, the government could still eavesdrop on conversations without a warrant, but would need approval from the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
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Greater Oversight Given to Spy Program

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House Democrats move ahead with legislation that would provide more oversight of the government's spying program. Under the new bill, the government could still eavesdrop on conversations without a warrant, but would need approval from the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court if the communications involve someone in the United States, or a U.S. citizen. It comes despite strong objections from President Bush and House Republicans, who want to keep the warrant-less surveillance provisions that Congress passed in August.