WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers who oversee U.S. intelligence agencies are working to expand the government's spying powers to allow it to continue electronically monitoring terror suspects who travel to the U.S. if they are already under surveillance overseas by the National Security Agency.
The proposal is intended to close what lawmakers describe as a brief surveillance gap that occasionally can occur because of varying legal standards between the NSA's operations, directed principally overseas. and the FBI's traditional role tracking suspects on U.S. soil. The lawmakers say it would require changes in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Proposed changes to FISA are the subject of a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing Thursday. The nation's top intelligence officials are slated to testify.