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Dept. of Homeland Security to Kill Controversial Spy Satellite Program

Some say we’re losing a tool in the war on terrorism. Civil liberty groups say it was a violation of our privacy. Apparently the latter won out.

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By SIOBHAN GORMAN
The Wall Street Journal
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration plans to kill a controversial Bush administration spy satellite program at the Department of Homeland Security, according to officials familiar with the decision.

The program came under fire from its inception two years ago. Democratic lawmakers said it would lead to domestic spying.

The program would have provided federal, state and local officials with extensive access to spy-satellite imagery – but no eavesdropping capabilities- to assist with emergency response and other domestic-security needs, such as identifying where ports or border areas are vulnerable to terrorism.

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