President Obama says the NSA should continue to spy on U.S. Citizens and that’s all you need to know, according to Dianne Feinstein.
On Sunday Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Feinstein (D-Calif.) said lawmakers who favored shutting down the bulk collection of telephone metadata would be unsuccessful in their efforts as Congress considers reforms to the nation’s controversial intelligence programs.
“I don’t believe so,” Feinstein said during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “The president has very clearly said that he wants to keep the capability… So I think we would agree with him. I know a dominant majority of the — everybody, virtually, except two or three, on the Senate Intelligence Committee would agree with that.”
On Friday, the president announced a series of modest reforms to the top-secret surveillance programs, including a new requirement mandating intelligence agencies obtain judicial approval before reviewing databases of information about telephone calls.
He also ordered members of his administration to figure out a way to end the federal collection of the phone records, with the data instead likely to be held by telephone companies or a third party.