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Analysis: NSA bill barely touches the agency's vast powers

FILE - In this June 6, 2013 file photo, a sign stands outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. While the new surveillance law stands as the most significant curb on the government's investigative authorities since 9/11, it's all but inconsequential in the universe of the National Security Agency's vast digital spying operations. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The surveillance law enacted this week stands as the most significant curb on the government’s investigative authorities since the 1970s. But it’s practically inconsequential in the universe of the National Security Agency’s vast digital spying operations, a technical overhaul of a marginal counterterrorism program that some NSA officials wanted to jettison anyway.

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