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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Politics As Usual -- NSA changes recommended by Obama's review group could politicize spy agency, treat all foreign enemies as Americans -- By Neil Munro, The Daily Caller

NSA changes recommended by Obama’s review group could politicize spy agencyThe president’s hand-picked intelligence review panel has submitted a list of recommendations that would politicize the leadership and the routine operations of the nation’s leading military intelligence agency.

The 46 recommendations urge the federal government to treat foreign enemies as courtroom-protected citizens, and to would require the soldiers working at the National Security Agency to negotiate day-to-day decisions with an array of private-sector lawyers.

President Barack Obama met Wednesday with his five appointees on the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, whose report was released late Wednesday afternoon.

Obama is expected to announce his preferred policies next month, but indicated he supported for much of the report. “The President noted that the group’s report represented a consensus view” of his five carefully selected advisors, said an afternoon statement.

In his meeting with appointees, “the President again stated his expectation that, in light of new technologies, the United States use its intelligence collection capabilities in a way that optimally protects our national security while supporting our foreign policy, respecting privacy and civil liberties, maintaining the public trust, and reducing the risk of unauthorized disclosure.”

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