The National Security Agency (NSA) has reportedly ended a program that analyzes logs of domestic calls and texts made by Americans, according to comments made by Luke Murry, a Republican national security adviser in the House and an adviser to Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
Murry, who made the comments during a Lawfare podcast for The York Times, said that the Trump administration “hasn’t actually been using it for the past six months.”
“I’m actually not certain that the administration will want to start that back up,” Murry reportedly added.
The NSA on Monday declined to comment to the Times while a spokesman for McCarthy’s office said that Murry “was not speaking on behalf of administration policy or what Congress intends to do on this issue.”
The controversial program was originally launched by former President George W. Bush as part of an effort to find terrorists following the 2001 terrorist attacks.
The program was largely unknown to the public until former NSA contractor and whistleblower Ed Snowden disclosed its existence in 2013.
The program reportedly collected more than 530 million U.S. call records in 2017.