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    Update: Head of Senate Panel Seeks Hearing on Wiretaps

    The New York Times has an update on yesterday’s story revealing that the National Security Agency has engaged in “overcollection” of domestic communications of Americans that “went beyond the broad legal limits established by Congress last year.” Now, the New York Times reports, Calif. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, has called for an investigation of the NSA’s domestic wiretapping surveillance program.

    “These are serious allegations, and we will make sure we get the facts,” said Senator Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat who leads the Senate intelligence committee. “The committee is looking into this, and we will hold a hearing on this subject within one month.” […]

    Senator Russ Feingold, a Wisconsin Democrat who has been active in overseeing intelligence issues, said Thursday that the report of wiretapping problems was part of “a tragic retreat from the principles that had governed the sensitive area of government surveillance for the previous three decades.”

    Mr. Feingold called for reforms in intelligence law as well as the public release of certain aspects of wiretapping operations “so that the American people can better understand their scope and impact.”

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