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Under cover of debt crisis, Senate looks to extend telco spying immunity

Legislation which changed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to give U.S. telecoms immunity from prosecution for participating in legally-ambiguous spying programs, isn’t set to expire until 2012 — but one group of U.S. Senators appears to see opportunity in crisis. Amid the calamitous debt-limit talks seizing Washington in recent…