NSA surveillance program likely to survive a government shutdown

The Department of Defense has cited one program that won't be closed in the event of a government shutdown: The NSA phone surveillance program, which is considered "necessary to support tactical and strategic indications and warning systems" under a 2011 plan. The program is under revision by the Senate Intelligence Committee, where a version supported by Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., is going into the markup phase for more controls and limitations.

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