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Surveillance powers lapse with no deal in Senate

3 years 5 months 2 weeks ago Monday, June 01 2015 Jun 1, 2015 June 01, 2015 6:46 AM June 01, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON- Several post-Sept. 11 anti-terror provisions have lapsed after the Senate failed to extend them before the deadline at midnight.

GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who is running for president, took credit for the outcome as he used Senate rules to slow action.

The expiration may be only temporary. The Senate now looks ready to accept a House-passed bill that extends the measures and remakes the National Security Agency's controversial bulk phone collections program.

But at least for now, the NSA no longer has authority to collect Americans' phone records in bulk and search them for terror ties. Several other lesser-known provisions also have lapsed including one making it easier to track terror suspects who frequently discard cellphones.

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