Obama May Quit Spying on Allies
Dianne Feinstein's remark signals major policy shift
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2013 6:45 PM CDT
Updated Oct 29, 2013 7:30 AM CDT
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., speaks to the media after attending a meeting regarding National Security Agency programs, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 13, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – With European countries fuming over NSA surveillance, the White House is reconsidering its spying activities. Yesterday, Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said she was calling for a "total review of all intelligence programs," and that the White House had assured her that "collection on our allies will not continue," the Wall Street Journal reports. A senior White House official tells the AP that isn't true, but says that Obama is considering at least ending surveillance on foreign heads of state, and has already made some unspecified policy changes.

Feinstein's statement is still significant, because she's been a major NSA defender, and receives regular intelligence briefings from the White House. But she said she was "totally opposed" to the surveillance of US allies. "It is clear to me that certain surveillance activities have been in effect for more than a decade and that the Senate Intelligence Committee wasn't satisfactorily informed," she said.

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Oct 31, 2013 12:18 AM CDT
Oh look. it's Dianne Feinstein (D) the "ethics and Intelligence Senator" whose husband, Richard Blum, is going to make billions on the insider trading, under the table, un solicited sale of the unused United States post offices on an "exclusive contract" ... to his friends at "special" prices.. An "exclusive contract" means they get a commission regardless of who sells the property - nice ! another "open and transparent" transaction by the O-blama administration.. http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/blum.asp http://www.amazon.com/Going-Postal-Senator-Feinsteins-husband-ebook/dp/B00F3JTO9G
Oct 31, 2013 12:10 AM CDT
Oct 29, 2013 2:06 PM CDT
So once and for all this voids anything Snowjob threw his life away for. No country, sought after for espionage, will never visit family, no employment, no future... Was it worth it, Special Ed?