Trump administration reportedly wants to extend NSA phone surveillance program

From CNET: The Trump administration has reportedly asked Congress to permanently reauthorize all provisions of the USA Freedom Act, including a controversial National Security Agency program that collects and analyzes records on millions of Americans' calls and texts in an attempt to thwart terrorists.

In a letter, dated Wednesday, to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Intelligence Committee, outgoing Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats acknowledged that the NSA call record program had been suspended but urged Congress to extend its legal authority anyway, according to The Hill.

"As technology changes, our adversaries' tradecraft and communications habits will continue to evolve and adapt," Coats wrote in the letter, according to The Hill. "In light of this dynamic environment, the Administration supports reauthorization of this provision as well."

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