President Obama has sent a signal that he’s clearly concerned with the actions of the NSA, even as he defends their actions in the wake of revelations of massive levels of violations of constitutional rights in the action of gathering information by the organization, after leaks by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
It also backs my assertion that even President Obama was in the dark regarding th NSA’s activities:
From this White House Press Brief, it’s now officially right to call Edward Snowden a whistleblower:
Statement by the Press Secretary on the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology
On August 9, President Obama called for a high-level group of experts to review our intelligence and communications technologies. Today the President met with the members of this group: Richard Clarke, Michael Morell, Geoffrey Stone, Cass Sunstein and Peter Swire.
These individuals bring to the task immense experience in national security, intelligence, oversight, privacy and civil liberties. The Review Group will bring a range of experience and perspectives to bear to advise the President on how, in light of advancements in technology, the United States can employ its technical collection capabilities in a way that optimally protects our national security and advances our foreign policy while respecting our commitment to privacy and civil liberties, recognizing our need to maintain the public trust, and reducing the risk of unauthorized disclosure.
The President thanked the Members of the Group for taking on this important task and looks forward to hearing from them as their work proceeds. Within 60 days of beginning their work, the Review Group will brief their interim findings to the President through the Director of National Intelligence, and the Review Group will provide a final report and recommendations to the President.