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Top Senate Democrat calls for probe into domestic spying

[JURIST] Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid [official website] on Sunday called for a congressional investigation into the Bush administration's use of domestic spying on terror suspects. Reid called for an investigation and hearings into the intelligence program overseen by the National Security Agency [official website]. Reid acknowledged being briefed about the program several months ago and he called for the prosecution of the person who leaked the existence of the program [JURIST report] to the media, but Reid said the program had gone on for too long. The Bush administration has defended the surveillance program [AFP report] as legal and insisted that there were no plans to end it, although US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice [official profile] said its revelation to the public will harm its effectiveness. According to reports about the program, in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks the administration allowed the NSA to monitor international communications originating from the US without warrants issued by courts. AP has more.

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