Gen. Keith B. Alexander testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Tuesday, June 18, 2013, in Washington D.C.

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Gen. Keith B. Alexander testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Tuesday, June 18, 2013, in Washington D.C.
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Cole said that the Justice Department provides significant FISA court legal interpretations to congressional judiciary and intelligence committees. These interpretations are not shared with the public, and the Senate voted down a proposal to make the secret legal decisions public in December 2012 in a 54-37 vote.

The officials told lawmakers that the secret government collection and retention of Americans' communications are permitted by Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act and by Section 215 of the Patriot Act.

 

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