By Jeremy Herb - 10/29/13 04:39 PM EDT
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday that the National Security Agency needed to have its spy programs reviewed, saying there was an imbalance.
Asked about the uproar over the NSA spying on foreign leaders, Boehner said the agency had to do a better job of finding the right balance between U.S. obligations to its allies and the task of keeping people safe.
"I don't think there's any question there needs to be a review, there ought to be reviews. It ought to be thorough,” Boehner said at a press conference.
“We've got an obligation to the American people to keep them safe. We've got obligations to our allies around the world. But having said that, we've got to find the right balance here, and clearly we're imbalanced as we stand here,” he said.
Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Monday said her committee would lead a “total review” of the intelligence community’s spying programs in response to reports that the NSA was spying on foreign leaders without President Obama’s knowledge.
“It is abundantly clear that a total review of all intelligence programs is necessary so that members of the Senate Intelligence Committee are fully informed as to what is actually being carried out by the intelligence community,” Feinstein said.