NSA Wiring Telecoms For More Domestic Spying

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Eric Lichtblau, James Risen and Scott Shane New York Times

For months, the Bush administration has waged a high-profile campaign, including personal lobbying by President Bush and closed-door briefings by top officials, to persuade Congress to pass legislation protecting companies from lawsuits for aiding the National Security Agency's warrantless eavesdropping program.

But the battle is really about something much bigger. At stake is the federal government's extensive but uneasy partnership with industry to conduct a wide range of secret surveillance operations in fighting terrorism and crime.

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