Eavesdropping Bill Delayed By House

The House has delayed action on a Senate-passed bill concerning eavesdropping, that would give the government more authority to eavesdrop on suspected foreign terrorists.

The Terrorism Surveillance Bill will give President Bush expanded authority for six-months to eavesdrop on phone calls and e-mails made by suspected terrorists overseas.

President Bush and his Republican allies say the measure is needed to speed the national security agency's ability to intercept phone calls, e-mails and other communications between Americans and potentially hostile foreigners.

Civil liberties groups and many Democrats say it goes too far, enabling the government to wiretap U.S. residents with insufficient oversight from courts or Congress.

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