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At the request of House Republicans, Congress on Thursday held a closed-door session to debate the FISA warrantless eavesdropping bill. The last time a closed-door session occurred was in 1983, when lawmakers convened in secret to discuss clandestine U.S. support of Contra paramilitaries in Nicaragua.

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Members of the decade-old unit at the spy agency have been reassigned within the CIA, an indication that, according to some, "reflects a view that Al Qaeda is no longer as hierarchical as it once was" or, according to detractors, "reflect[s] a view within the agency that Mr. bin Laden was no longer the threat he once was."

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