Obama meets with his intelligence review panel


President Obama met for the first time on Tuesday with a panel he promised would review the U.S. intelligence community's collection of telephone and Internet data, according to the White House.

Obama announced earlier this month that he would convene the review group as he faced growing criticism from some lawmakers, civil liberties advocates and the public about the intelligence community's tactics in the aftermath of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's leaks about U.S. surveillance programs.

The panel includes Richard Clarke, a former U.S. cybersecurity adviser; Michael Morell, a former deputy CIA director; Geoffrey Stone, a University of Chicago law professor; Cass Sunstein, a Harvard Law School professor; and Peter Swire, who served earlier on Obama's National Economic Council.

The panel is set to provide its interim findings to Obama within 60 days. The review group has been tasked with examining how the intelligence community "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," according to a White House statement

"It's not enough for me as president, to have confidence in these programs," Obama..

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