Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) revealed on Monday that the White House has informed her that the National Security Agency will discontinue its practice of monitoring the communications of America’s allies around the world.
“It is abundantly clear that a total review of all intelligence programs is necessary so that members of the Senate Intelligence Committee are fully informed as to what is actually being carried out by the intelligence community,” Feinstein said in a statement on her website.
Unlike NSA’s collection of phone records under a court order, it is clear to me that certain surveillance activities have been in effect for more than a decade and that the Senate Intelligence Committee was not satisfactorily informed. Therefore our oversight needs to be strengthened and increased.
She added that the White House has assured her that this practice of monitoring the phones of foreign heads of state, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, will cease immediately.
“The White House has informed me that collection on our allies will not continue, which I support,” Feinstein said. “But as far as I’m concerned, Congress needs to know exactly what our intelligence community is doing. To that end, the committee will initiate a major review into all intelligence collection programs.”
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