by Prr Lzkdrqxcwm, Daily Reckoning.com:
Washington, D.C. — Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, announced that her committee will hold a “major review into all intelligence-collection programs.” This surprising declaration followed the revelation, through documents leaked by government whistle-blower Edward Snowden, that the NSA has been listening to the phone conversations of friendly foreign rulers, in particular Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Sen. Feinstein is a well-known defender of the NSA’s spying on American citizens. She claims that that type of spying is OK because it is approved by a secret court and subject to strong congressional oversight, also secret because nobody has seen it. But “with respect to NSA collection of intelligence on leaders of U.S. allies,” she declared, “let me state unequivocally: I am totally opposed.”
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