Republicans Shift, a Little, on Surveillance Rules

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Capitol Hill (AP) House and Senate Republicans have come up with a plan for ending the Congressional logjam over a new government surveillance bill.

The GOP compromise would let people who think they were illegally spied on by the government have their day in court, although it would be in secret.

Roughly 40 civil lawsuits have been filed against telecommunications companies that allegedly cooperated in the government's warrantless wiretapping program.

Among other concessions, the proposal would confirm that the new law would be the exclusive authority for future electronic surveillance by the government. That would essentially outlaw a revival of the warrantless wiretapping.

The White House favors a senate version of an electronic surveillance bill that would grant the telecommunications companies full immunity from surveillance

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