Obama’s ‘Independent’ Review Of Mass Spying Is Destined For Failure – Yahoo! Finance
By Paul Szoldra
In the wake of seemingly endless leaks from ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden, President Obama’s attempt to manage the political fallout seems destined to fail.
On Friday, Obama announced that he would form a “high-level group of outside experts” to review intelligence and communications technologies. This group, Obama said, would be “independent” — able to step back freely — to review surveillance technologies and “consider how we can maintain trust of the people.” It only took the weekend for much of any trust in that group to fade.
On Monday, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper confirmed that yes, the review group would happen. He also confirmed that, yes, he would be establishing it. This is the same James Clapper who gave false information to Congress when asked whether the NSA was collecting data on Americans. He later apologized.
Perhaps most interesting in Clapper’s statement on Monday is the absence of wording used on Friday: independent, and outside. In an expanded statement, the White House said the group would present their interim findings to his office, and the final report would go “through the Director of National Intelligence.”