House Eavesdropping Talks Break Down; Senate Passes Measure

By: AP
By: AP

CAPITOL HILL (AP) _ House Democrats say that negotiations have
broken down over giving intelligence agents broader powers to eavesdrop on suspected foreign terrorists.

They say the administration reneged on a previous agreement. But the Bush administration insists talks are still under way.

Meantime, the U.S. Senate tonight passed a bill endorsed by President Bush for temporarily expanding overseas eavesdropping on terrorism suspects.

President Bush earlier today implored lawmakers to update the 1978
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act before leaving Washington for a monthlong summer break.

At issue is how the government would spy on foreign terror suspects overseas without invading Americans' privacy rights. Democrats want the special FISA Court to review the eavesdropping process. The president threatened to veto any bill by the Democratic-led Congress that his intelligence director deemed unable "to prevent an attack on the country."

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