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High court hears challenge to surveillance law

FISA expansion harms citizens, plaintiffs charge

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court seemed skeptical Monday of a government request to invalidate a lawsuit challenging the expansion of a surveillance law used to monitor conversations of suspected foreign spies and alleged terrorists.

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, passed in 1978, allows the government to monitor conversations of such suspects abroad for intelligence purposes.

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