Recommendations by a presidential panel to overhaul a U.S. National Security Agency phone-records collection program could impede efforts to track terrorism suspects, some senators suggested Tuesday.
Some members of the Senate Judiciary Committee questioned the recommendations of the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology, a panel appointed by President Barack Obama after last year?s revelations of bulk data collection and surveillance by the NSA.
?Those of us who see it important to prevent another attack? see value in the phone-records program, Senator Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat and chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told members of the review group. ?Do you not see value?substantial value?in being able to prevent this attack??
While critics have questioned the value of the NSA?s bulk collection of U.S. phone- records, courts have seen value in the program, Feinstein said. Other senators repeated their assertion, along with the panel?s, that the phone-records program has provided little essential information to terrorism investigators.