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Senate to return early to debate phone dragnet

Grant Gross | May 28, 2015
The U.S. Senate will return early from a week-long recess in a last-ditch effort to extend provisions of the Patriot Act that the National Security Agency have used to collect millions of domestic telephone records over the past nine years.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, in an email alert, called on supporters to contact senators and ask them to reject a straight extension of Section 215 on Sunday. "Surveillance defenders will do anything they can to protect the NSA's powers," the EFF said. "Senator McConnell is ... attempting to bully the Senate into a last minute extension of the program."


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