WASHINGTON (AP) — In an unusual acknowledgment, the Obama administration says the government’s surveillance efforts in the war on terror have exceeded legal limits on at least one occasion.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence made the observation in a letter to Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden.
Wyden is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The Oregon Democrat has suggested that the government may be reviewing the emails and phone calls of law-abiding Americans in the U.S. who are at the other end of communications being monitored abroad by the U.S. government.
Without specifying what the issue is, the ODNI told Wyden that the administration has addressed any concerns and that the government’s efforts in the intelligence realm undergo close scrutiny from Congress and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.