Senate Panel to Probe Allegations NSA Illegally Wiretapped American Phone Calls, E-Mails

April 16, 2009 - 2:18 PM
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein says she will investigate indications of new wiretap violations by the National Security Agency.
Washington (AP) - Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein says she will investigate indications of new wiretap violations by the National Security Agency.
 
The Justice Department confirmed Wednesday that it had reined in the NSA's wiretapping activities in the United States after finding out the agency had improperly accessed American phone calls and e-mails.
 
Feinstein said the allegations are "serious" and said the Senate Intelligence Committee will hold a hearing within a month.
 
The Justice Department discovered the problems during a routine review of NSA wiretapping. It says the problems have been corrected.