Senate set to convene on future of U.S. telephone spying powers

A National Security Agency data gathering facility is seen in Bluffdale, south of Salt Lake CityBy Douwe Miedema WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate is set to convene in a rare Sunday session in a last-ditch attempt to pass legislation to allow U.S. spy agencies to continue to sweep up information on Americans’ telephone calls and other business records.     Failure to pass such legislation would mean that key provisions of the USA Patriot Act would expire and, facing a midnight (0400 GMT Monday) deadline, the National Security Agency would have to shut off a vast surveillance system.     The Patriot Act was signed into law by Republican President George W. Bush after the Sept. …

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