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Leahy proposes new oversight of surveillance programs

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)  unveiled a set of proposals Monday designed to increase oversight of and install safeguards against abuse in the federal government's surveillance programs.

Leahy's bill, dubbed the FISA Accountability and Privacy Protection Act, would:

* Shorten the current FISA authorization by two years, making it and the Patriot Act come up for renewal at the same time in June 2015.