29 December 2012, 04:42

U.S. Congress allows taps on phones of suspected foreign spies

U.S. Congress allows taps on phones of suspected foreign spies

The U.S. Congress has approved a law allowing U.S. intelligence agencies to tap phones and e-mails of foreigners suspected of espionage and terrorism. Barack Obama is expected to sign off on the law considered vitally important for national security interests.

A similar law was in effect throughout the previous five years, but is set to expire at the end of this year.

The contradictions between national security interests and human rights issues sparked a heated debate when the bill was in the Senate. However, the document was adopted by majority vote.

The presidential administration had previously stated that the law on monitoring foreign intelligence is a great boon for U.S. intelligence in "detecting and preventing threats to America and its allies."

Voice of Russia, TASS

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