File - Much of the debate has focused on the NSA’s collection of Americans’ telephone-calling records.
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Barring a last-minute deal in Congress, three post-Sept.This collection was authorized under one of the expiring provisions, Section 215 of the Patriot Act enacted in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.The FBI uses Section 215 to collect other business records tied to specific terrorism investigations. A separate section in the Patriot Act allows the FBI to eavesdrop, via roving wiretaps, on suspected terrorists or spies who discard phones to dodge surveillance. Section 215 allows the FBI to serve a secret order requiring a business to hand over records relevant to a terrorism or espionage investigation.Those records gave the FBI the information it needed to get a secret national security eavesdropping warrant, he said.If the USA Freedom Act becomes law, the business records provision and the roving wiretap authority would return immediately. The NSA would resume collecting American telephone records for a six-month period while shifting to a system of searching phone company records case by case.
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