President Obama's speech on Friday and its accompanying Presidential Policy Directive (PDD-28) cover a lot of ground, announce a bunch of reforms, announce plans and direction for more, and kick still others over to Congress. The speech contained a surprisingly fierce defense of NSA, one that some of the agency's critics appear not to have noticed.
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Yesterday, U.S. District Judge John Bates sent over two documents----a summary cover letter and a more detailed analysis---to the Senate Intelligence Committee. Delivered in Bates's capacity as the Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S.
FBI Director Jim Comey spoke out today against the Review Group recommendations for judicial review of national security letters, reports the New York Times:
Today, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit rejected an important Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") lawsuit brought by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The group had sought disclosure of a 2010 Office of Legal Counsel opinion dealing with the FBI's use of national security letters in the wake of 9/11.
Yesterday, I raised issues regarding the review group’s process and deliberations. Today’s post focuses on several of the major themes of the report. Tomorrow’s third, and final, post will address what may be the review group’s most important recommendation to protect national security.
There is much to commend in the review group report’s high-level discussion of security and liberty, and description of the historical context of national security surveillance.
Over the past week and a half, writers on this site have provided comprehensive and detailed summaries of the surveillance review group report, along with some observations and assessments, as well as sharper critiques.
With the release of the Report and Recommendations of the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies reporters and commentators have scrambled to make sense of the 308 pages of relatively arcane and often vague language. In doing so many have missed the forest for the trees and equally often, confused those recommendations that are headline grabbing with those that are likely to have the greatest impact.
The issue that has most dominated commentary is of course the so-called “termination” of the telephone metadata program. This isn’t altogether surprisin
After suggesting general reforms to both 215 collection and national security letters, the Review Group then turns to the subject of bulk metadata.
The report of the President’s Review Group on NSA matters has already received widespread attention, some of it high altitude, some of it more granular. It’s an ambitious document, both conceptually and in the sheer number of recommendations it makes---some of which contemplate reforms of great significance.
In this set of posts, I want to assess the pros and cons of each and every one of the group's 46 recommendations, which to my mind are a very mixed bag and of wildly differing merit.
The Report and Recommendations of the President's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies has been released. The panel consists of the following members:
Richard A. Clarke Michael J. Morell Geoffrey R. Stone Cass R. Sunstein Peter Swire
Copied below the fold are the group's executive summary and recommendations on how to reform the NSA's surveillance and collection practices.