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Votes reflect different ideals on privacy

Schatz and Hanabusa disagree on the law extending the U.S. surveillance program

By Derrick DePledge

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 26, 2014

~~<p>In his first important vote after being appointed to the U.S. Senate in December 2012, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz weighed in against a five-year extension of the federal government's expanded power to conduct electronic surveillance against terrorist targets outside the United States.</p>
<p>National security officials argue that the intelligence capability helps protect the United States from espionage and terrorist attacks. But civil liberties advocates complain that the law enables the government to secretly monitor the inter&shy;- national communications of U.S. citizens and residents without adequate safeguards.</p>
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In his first important vote after being appointed to the U.S. Senate in December 2012, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz weighed in against a five-year extension of the federal government's expanded power to conduct electronic surveillance against terrorist targets outside the United States.

National security officials argue that the intelligence capability helps protect the United States from espionage and terrorist attacks. But civil liberties advocates complain that the law enables the government to secretly monitor the inter­- national communications of U.S. citizens and residents without adequate safeguards. Login for more...



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