Congress trims funds for high-tech surveillance

Wednesday - 12/21/2011, 7:49am EST

Congress is putting the spy world on a diet by trimming back planned growth in staff and high-tech surveillance programs, the Associated Press reports.

Next year's budget stays roughly the same as this year, at just under $80 billion.

The bill doesn't cancel any programs. It denies extra funds for things like spy satellites and new hires. The money stays for cybersecurity staff and tracking terrorist money.

One change in the new measure: Families of intelligence officers will get the same financial help for burial expenses as those of uniformed military, if officers are killed by terrorists.

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