US NSA spy program ends, could impact Israeli anti-terror efforts

The debate in the US over how much spying the National Security Agency should do on people’s telephone records and other data entered a new phase midnight on Sunday when the legal authority for the highly controversial programs ended.

Obama administration and top US intelligence officials have warned that allowing such a lapse could endanger their ability to protect the country’s national security and the lapse may signal a shift in Americans’ attitudes toward fighting terror which could also indirectly impact Israeli efforts to fight terror.

Critics of the now defunct NSA spy program had said the program had gone way too far in violating privacy rights and civil liberties, that the checks on abuse of the spying powers were ineffective and that the program had not racked up sufficient successes to justify its wide reach.


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