The Senate Intelligence Committee will kick off the initial phase of its review of the intelligence community — including the embattled National Security Agency — this month, a Senate aide told Foreign Policy.
The first part will look at “how the [intelligence community] receives orders,” the aide said. Committee members will start the initial review before Thanksgiving.
A second, longer, part of the review, which will take nine months total, will focus on the structure of U.S. intelligence-gathering programs.
“Bottom line: Folks should not be skeptical,” the aide said, referring to Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein’s promise last month of a “major review.” The California Democrat has traditionally defended the NSA.