Senate Committee to Start Intelligence Review This Month

The first phase is expected to launch by Thanksgiving.

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Jordain Carney
Nov. 12, 2013, 10:49 a.m.

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.

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