US fight against terrorism under renewed scrutiny

Edward Snowden, accused of leaking America's secrets, has applied for asylum in Russia (photo:dpa)
Edward Snowden, accused of leaking America's secrets, has applied for asylum in Russia (photo:dpa)

The United States Congress has vigorously debated legislation governing oversight of national security measures since the devastating al-Qaeda attacks on the United States nearly 12 years ago. The debate will be renewed in 2013 but little is expected to change. This is in spite of a divided Congress and international pressure over US mass surveillance techniques used to gain foreign intelligence which were revealed by former CIA employee Edward Snowden.

<i>The case of Edward Snowden, a United States government contractor who released sensitive foreign intelligence information to the world’s press, has added new vigour to the public debate over the counterterrorism tools put in ...

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