US lawmakers pass wiretaps bill


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US lawmakers pass wiretaps bill

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US lawmakers have passed a bill to shield telephone companies who helped in the White House’s controversial warrantless wiretaps programme.

The bill also grants the US government the power to continue with its warrantless surveillance scheme.

The Bush administration faced criticism when details emerged of its programme to monitor the phone calls of foreign targets in the US without warrants.

President Bush said the scheme was needed to prevent attacks on the US.

Telephone companies were facing as many as 40 lawsuits for their involvement in the scheme.

From the BBC

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