Bipartisan Opposition Grows over NSA Spy Programs

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The tide seems to have turned decisively in Congress against the National Security Agency's domestic spying program.

Congressional leaders met with President Obama at the White House Thursday, clearly concerned that the NSA domestic spying program and the secret federal court, FISA, which oversees NSA, have both spun out of control.

New revelations revealed that the government can see virtually everything Americans do on the Internet, Facebook, and email.

"In the years since September 11, Congress has repeatedly expanded the scope of FISA," Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said. "And we must carefully consider now whether those laws may have gone too far."

New limitations on the intelligence efforts appear increasingly likely, with lawmakers from both sides of the aisle offering new legislation.

"I'm introducing a bill to address this, to fix this," Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., said.

Foreign policy expert Dr. Paul Bonnicelli said increasing numbers of lawmakers are concerned about this administration.

"At the end of the day, Congress can oversee this, they can stop things, start things," Bonnicelli said. "And I think you're finding more and more congressmen, particularly Dems, who really have a problem with the administration -- their own administration -- about it."

Meanwhile, Russia granted political asylum for one year to NSA leaker Edward Snowden, the man at the center of it all.

The White House was furious.

"Mr. Snowden is not a whistle-blower. He is accused of leaking classified information and has been charged with three felony counts," White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

Giving Snowden asylum does damage to an already strained relationship with the United States. Some lawmakers are already calling for a boycott of the 2014 Olympics hosted by Russia.

President Obama is scheduled to attend a summit of world leaders next month in Russia. It's unclear if he will go, but if he does, Snowden is almost sure to be a topic of conversation.

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Dale Hurd

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