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CRS Reports on NSA Surveillance Stir a Separate Debate

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Three Congressional Research Service reports related to the legality of NSA surveillance have touched off an across-the-aisle exchange of letters. Rep. Peter Hoekstra, the House Intelligence Committee chair, alleged “bias” and “flawed analysis.” The ranking minority member of the committee, Rep. Jane Harman, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein said they found the reports “especially informative given the Executive Branch’s unwillingness to provide information to the Congress or to the American public.” The latest report deals with the legal definitions of “probable cause” and “reasonable suspicion.” The earlier reports dealt with congressional authorization and 2/8/06