In the often topsy-turvy world of politics and law, long-time critics of the nation’s chief domestic surveillance law now find themselves defending it, and the executive branch, which almost always gets what it seeks under that law, is attacking it as inadequate.

Bills to “modernize,” revamp, reform or preserve the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 and its secret procedures are proliferating on Capitol Hill like, well, like wiretaps on phones and Internet traffic since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

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