Surveillance dispute remains unresolved

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By Elana Schor
August 03, 2007

The unresolved struggle over giving the Bush administration short-term authority for eavesdropping on terrorist suspects cast a shadow over the August recess on Thursday, as lawmakers from both parties reserved the right to stall adjournment if an acceptable deal is not reached.

Two likely deal-breakers loomed large. One focuses on the Democratic plan’s mandate for a warrant when tapping foreign targets who make a “significant” number of calls to the U.S., a standard that Republicans consider unclear. Another entails a GOP proposal to give exclusive supervision of wiretapping inside the U.S. to the DNI and the attorney general — a move Democrats staunchly oppose.

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