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The Irony: Sen. Feinstein wants ‘total review’ of intel programs

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English: President Barack Obama and First Lady...

English: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are welcomed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband, professor Joachim Sauer, to Rathaus in Baden-Baden, Germany. Deutsch: Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel und ihr Ehemann Joachim Sauer begrüßen US-Präsident Barack Obama und seine Frau Michelle Obama beim Staatsempfang auf dem Marktplatz Baden-Baden. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Diane Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Monday called for a “total review of all intelligence programs” following allegations that the National Security Agency eavesdropped on the German chancellor — the latest revelation in a spying scandal that has strained longstanding alliances.

The NSA’s program of spying on the foreign leaders was already damaging relations with some of the closest U.S. allies. German officials said Monday that the U.S. could lose access to an important law enforcement tool used to track terrorist money flows.

As possible leverage, German authorities cited last week’s non-binding resolution by the European Parliament to suspend a post-9/11 agreement allowing the Americans access to bank transfer data to track the flow of terrorist money. A top German official said Monday she believed the Americans were using the information to gather economic intelligence apart from terrorism and that the agreement known as the SWIFT agreement should be suspended.

English: Dianne Feinstein, U.S. Senator. Origi...

English: Dianne Feinstein, U.S. Senator. Original description by jurvetson: :10% of the U.S. Senate was at the Feinstein home this evening hearing Elon Musk describe Tesla Motors and SpaceX. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Feinstein said while she was not informed about the spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel, her committee was informed of the NSA’s collection of phone records under a secret court order. But she said she “was not satisfactorily informed” that “certain surveillance activities have been in effect for more than a decade.”

Her statement follows reports based on new leaks from former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden indicating that the NSA listened to Merkel and 34 other foreign leaders.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/report-us-monitored-60-million-calls-spain

Note: The SWIFT Scandal behind this atrocious NSA surveillance controversy can arguably be the real reason for misusing the post-9/11 agreement, especially given that Western intelligence, and particularly the CIA and Mossad, created Al Qaeda as a convenient excuse to invade and weaken Islamic states in the Middle East.

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Written by voiceoftruthusa

October 29, 2013 at 12:45 am

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