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Old 09-22-2013, 08:32 PM
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Stung by public unease about new details of spying by the National Security Agency, President Barack Obama selected a panel of advisers he described as independent experts to scrutinize the NSA's surveillance programs to be sure they weren't violating civil liberties and to restore Americans' trust.

But with just weeks remaining before its first deadline to report back to the White House, the review panel has effectively been operating as an arm of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees the NSA and all other U.S. spy efforts.

The panel's advisers work in offices on loan from the DNI. Interview requests and press statements from the review panel are carefully coordinated through the DNI's press office. James Clapper, the intelligence director, exempted the panel from U.S. rules that require federal committees to conduct their business and their meetings in ways the public can observe. Its final report, when it's issued, will be submitted for White House approval before the public can read it.

Even the panel's official name suggests it's run by Clapper's office: "Director of National Intelligence Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies."
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I believe this was predicted by a PW administrator when this panel was first talked about.
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This is like trusting Lindsay Lohan to hold the bag of blow until you get to the party.
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Gotta love that "transparency" that Barack promised in 2008.
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Henry Kissenger on that panel? maybe Zbigniew Brzezinski?
you have to experience on these "independent" whitewas... i mean ... investigative panels.
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I believe this was predicted by a PW administrator when this panel was first talked about.
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Four of the five review panel members previously worked for Democratic administrations: Peter Swire, former Office of Management and Budget privacy director under President Bill Clinton; Michael Morell, Obama's former deputy CIA director; Richard Clarke, former counterterrorism coordinator under Clinton and later for President George W. Bush; and Cass Sunstein, Obama's former regulatory czar. A fifth panel member, Geoffrey Stone of the University of Chicago, leads a university committee looking to build Obama's presidential library in Chicago and was an informal adviser to Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.
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I believe this was predicted by a PW administrator when this panel was first talked about.
I agree.
I'm not sure who is qualified to "watch the hen house" at this stage, but IMO this would be at the very top of the list regarding those who should NOT "watch the hen house".

I am wondering if the 2016 election cycle will include questions for the candidates regarding what they think is acceptable regarding spying on the American people.
The pessimistic side of me expects the media / debate preparers to totally drop the ball on that...
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