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FBI director: Expanded surveillance powers ‘absolutely essential’

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 16:44 EDT
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FBI Director Robert Mueller via screenshot
 
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FBI director Robert Mueller on Wednesday urged Congress to extend legislation that authorized the National Security Agency’s warrantless wiretapping program started under the Bush Administration.

The FISA Amendments Act of 2008 gave the government sweeping surveillance authority and granted legal immunity to telecommunication companies that had participated in the wiretapping program.

Because of the recently foiled al-Qaeda bomb plot, Mueller said it was important for Congress to renew the amendments, which are scheduled to sunset in December this year.

“As we have seen over the last several days, particularly with regard to the IED that was recently recovered, terrorism is and should be and continues to be our number one priority,” he said. “The amendments that are up for passage again [are] absolutely essential in our efforts to address this threat.”

Watch video, uploaded to YouTube by the Associated Press, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
 
 
 
 
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