Obama Administration Selects Washington Insiders For NSA Review


President Barack Obama said two weeks ago that he would assemble a panel of intelligence outsiders to evaluate the National Security Agency and “consider how we can maintain the trust of the people [and] how we can make sure that there absolutely is no abuse.”

On Thursday, ABC News revealed some of the names of the people chosen for the panel by White House officials. Unsurprisingly, those charged with reviewing the NSA’s practices aren’t exactly outsiders.

Via ABC:

The identities of the panelists have been a topic of speculation online, raising questions over whether the group would truly be independent in its review. The White House has insisted the group has full independence.

The president made clear that — in addition to looking at potential abuses by the program — the group will also assess whether the U.S. government “appropriately” accounts for “insider threats” and unauthorized disclosures.

“[Recent] technological advances have brought with them both great opportunities and significant risks for our intelligence community,” President Obama said.

In 60 days, the review panel will provide an interim report to the director of national intelligence, who will then brief the president on the panel’s findings.

A final report and subsequent recommendations will then be provided by the end of the year “so that we can move forward with a better understanding of how these programs impact our security, our privacy and our foreign policy,” President Obama said two weeks ago.

Among those chosen for the panel are:

  • Michael Morell— former acting head of the Central Intelligence Agency
  • Richard Clarke— served the last three Presidents as a senior White House adviser, including as national coordinator for security and counterterrorism
  • Cass Sunstein— Obama’s former administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs
  • Peter Swire— early in the Obama Administration, served as a special assistant to the President for economic policy and, during the Clinton administration, served as the chief counselor for privacy
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  • hungry4food

    I sure
    Like what This is talking about .

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  • Dcp5674

    Sunstein? He’s a freakin’ communist. Real good Obama. Rig the panel.

  • Charles K Johnson

    Obama is going to load the panel with his goons. He breaks laws all the time, And waks away clean. I do not know why everyone is afraid of Obama!The news media,Congress,Senate,The court system. I would also like to know what all the muslims know about him. He has his self surrounded with communist and muslims, And his boy HOLDER.

  • jim_wright

    Is anyone really surprised that Obama would try to.pull this kind of BS? Obama thinks everyone out here is stupid.

  • RonWillison

    You people still don’t get it. It is the people and their cohorts selected that run both this country and Obama. get a grip. The only surprise in this is I wonder how Wolfowitz was not included?

  • Vis Fac

    I equate these nominees like the hiring of an arsonist to extinguish a house fire. In other words SSDD!!!

    The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing–Edmund Burke

    A republic is defined as a state in which supreme power is held by the people
    and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president…

    Our republic no longer exists because we have an omnipotent self centered clown in the Oval office who is as unconstitutional as anyone can be. Anyone believing we still live in a republic had best take notice of what OUR elected officials are doing WITHOUT OUR consent. Our republic no longer exists because the people no longer have power!

    Benjamin Franklin once said … A democracy can be best described as two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”

    Our Republic that allows for a well armed sheep to contest the vote!”
    shall soon be a fond memory for our rubber stamp liberally controlled congress
    is eagerly waiting to disarm us.

    Libertas inaestimabilis res est


  • Rick

    It’s been become clear our elected cowards are not willing to go after this admin. as they should. I think they could be even more at fault the mobama. He has dared anyone who disagrees with him to come after him. He knows that he has committed impeachable acts time and again without even one call for a Special Prosecutors to investigate. He uses every federal dept. and agency as his private SS unit. Constitutional violations run close to hundred. DOJ has broken more laws, violated citizens constitutional rights, lied under oath to congress, lied consistently to us the American citizens, and caused the deaths of many others.
    I guess their afraid if we impeach the first black idiot and chief that riots would surely erupt. So be it. We were founded on fighting for our rights to be free of a repressive government, maybe we will again.

  • http://www.OlGreyGhost.Blogspot.com/ Ol’ Grey Ghost

    The chickens have awakened to the fact that their hen house is being guarded by foxes. They complain to the watchdog. He hires a pack of wolves to investigate.

    The sky isn’t falling, but the chickens need to wake up to the fact that the foxes, the wolves, and the watchdog are planning a chicken dinner…

  • jdn

    4 out of 5 Foxes agree , the chickens have nothing to worry about . This message brought to you by the fine Foxes of the poultry processing coalition .

    • squeeze127

      Yep the transparency continues, get the foxes to guard that hen house. Like a great magician, he misdirects with one hand and cons with the other. Then blames it on the evil GOP.

  • Haymster

    It”s time to cook those chickens in a gumbo! Those liberal socialist democrat chickens that Is.

    • independent thinker

      NO NO NO, that would forever give Gumbo a bad name.

      • Haymster

        Yeah Your Right What The Heck I Was Thinking? LoL

  • Al

    Would you expect anything else?? Transparency…Huh!!?? Yes sir & I’ve got some swampland in Fl…you need to see!!!

  • peter

    This guy has got it made! He issues orders ad hoc by permission of his bosses and then laughs, not because he thinks we are stupid, but because he knows we are and we are the losers but can do nothing about it. What he says goes and anyone who disagrees is either a racist or an idiot. Take your pick.

  • Combat Veteran Seabee

    Again the fox is to watch the henhouse!!!!!!!

  • jaybird

    He is a reminds me of a snake charmer, he is smiling, waving his hands, weaving and bobbing and the low intel women and men fall for it.

  • William Matney

    What’s the point? Letting obama pick the watchdogs is the stupidest damn thing I’ve ever heard. Why not continue to let him continue to determine right and wrong? More political D.C. [expletive deleted]