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Justice Dept. won't budge on terms of intelligence law

Justice Dept. won't budge on terms of intelligence law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department's No. 2 official says the Trump administration is unwilling to compromise with lawmakers demanding changes to the soon-to-expire foreign intelligence collection program.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein tells The Associated Press that Congress must reauthorize the program in its entirety to protect the public from terror threats and other dangers.

A number of bipartisan lawmakers and privacy advocates are taking an equally hard stance. They are demanding changes to the law that would protect the communications of Americans picked up during foreign intelligence-gathering.

Lawmakers included a short-term extension of the program known as Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in a spending bill that averts a government shutdown. But the stalemate ensures there will be rigorous debate over the law early next year.


Updated : 2021-01-21 01:02 GMT+08:00