Obama's Surveillance Review Panel Delivers Interim Report

A panel reviewing U.S. surveillance practices amid an uproar among allies over American spying has delivered an interim report to the White House, a spokeswoman for President Barack Obama’s National Security Council said.

The review group “has orally provided their interim report to the White House, with their final report due by Dec. 15,” the spokeswoman, Caitlin Hayden said in an e-mail. The results will be made public “in some way” once the finished review is submitted, she said.

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.

Establishment of the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology was among the steps Obama announced at an Aug. 9 White House news conference to quell growing public and congressional criticism of programs that scour data on communications by U.S. citizens to look for links to terrorist activity.

Revelations from former government contractor Edward Snowden about the extent of data and communications swept up by the National Security Agency since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks have complicated U.S. relations with allies, particularly in Europe. Snowden remains in Russia on temporary asylum.

White House press secretary Jay Carney has said the administration already has made some decisions on intelligence gathering limits, while refusing to give specifics.

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