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Last Chance to Fix the NSA

Congress has an opportunity to end an intrusive and ineffective spying program, which would help restore the public's faith in its intelligence agencies.

Who can you trust these days?

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One of the most striking things about the trove of classified NSA files that Edward Snowden made public last year is that the agency was mostly doing what it was told. Its spying operations -- so staggering in scale, in variety, in sophistication -- had generally been vetted by lawyers, tolerated by Congress, endorsed by the White House and approved by a court. 

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