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Report: Trump admin asks Congress to reauthorize NSA program

The administration of President Donald Trump asked lawmakers to grant permanent legal authority to the National Security Agency's domestic communications surveillance program, the New York Times reported on Thursday.

In a letter to Congress, the administration disclosed its desire to make the USA Freedom Act, set to expire in December, permanent, while it was also confirmed that the program has been shut down.

"The National Security Agency has suspended the call detail records program that uses this authority and deleted the call detail records acquired under this authority," Dan Coates wrote in the letter on his last day as director of National Intelligence.

The Freedom Act is a modified version of the Patriot Act that was passed by Congress in wake of whistleblower Edward Snowden's revelation of bulk data collection programs by the NSA.

Breaking the News / JC