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White House to keep NSA, cyber oversight together

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will continue the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs and cyber command operations under the direction of a single military commander, officials said Friday, the same day a review board sent the White House more than 40 recommendations on intelligence collection and government spying.

The White House did not make the task force’s report public. Published reports Friday described the recommendations as limited in scope.

Following revelations this summer about sweeping phone and Internet data collection in the U.S. and around the world, the administration had considered splitting oversight of the NSA and the military’s Cyber Command unit. But National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said Friday the government believes that maintaining the oversight responsibilities together under one command is the most effective approach to accomplishing both agencies’ missions.

Gen. Keith Alexander, the NSA’s director, currently oversees both the agency’s surveillance operations and Cyber Command, which monitors and responds to computer intrusions and espionage. Alexander is expected to step down this spring. The administration’s decision means he will be replaced by another senior military commander instead of a civilian director, as recommended by some national security experts.

Later Friday, the White House said the review group working under the Director of National Intelligence delivered its findings on NSA surveillance to President Barack Obama. The DNI’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology held no public meetings and met several times with business and privacy groups out of the range of the media and public. DNI head James Clapper exempted the panel from standard federal requirements that it work transparently.

The White House is reviewing the task force recommendations and finalizing its own internal study, Hayden said. She said the process was expected to be finished in January, after which Obama would speak publicly on any changes to the government’s intelligence gathering and surveillance. The review board report is also expected to be made public after that point.

Although the task force has kept its recommendations secret, news organizations have sketched out proposals that would allow most of the NSA’s surveillance programs to continue but change ownership of the government’s large inventory of telephone records and restrict spying on allied nations. The Wall Street Journal reported that the panel proposed shifting control of sought-after phone records from the government to individual phone companies, while The New York Times said the panel urged the White House to hold a tighter leash on U.S. spying on foreign leaders.

The panel’s recommendations come as skepticism over the NSA surveillance mounts in Congress and from technology companies and privacy groups. Worried that reports of foreign data intercepts could drive away international customers, lawyers for a consortium of tech companies including Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook and Yahoo recently urged legal changes in Congress. Their move coincided with a bipartisan legislative push to scale back the surveillance programs.

One lawmaker said the review panel recommendations could aid plans to end the government’s direct control over telephone data.

“I’d encourage the administration to move in the direction of phone companies retaining the data,” Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Ca., said Friday.

Schiff, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, has offered legislation to shift control of phone records from the NSA to the phone companies and said the move could be made without diminishing national security. He noted that the firms already hold the same data that the government sweeps up and could quickly turn over that material to the NSA and law enforcement. NSA officials have warned that investigations could bog down if the government lost direct control over the records.

Other NSA critics have long urged the White House to split up the responsibilities of the NSA’s director by separating the agency’s surveillance and cyber command operations. Recent media revelations stemming from leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden showed the blurring effect of the agency’s dual roles abroad, reporting that the NSA spied on foreign governments and companies alike, using its unique computer hacking abilities to tap into financial and corporate files and the private communications of allies as well as the calling and web patterns of suspected terrorists.

But Hayden said Friday that “without that dual-hat arrangement, elaborate procedures would have to be put in place to ensure that effective coordination continued and avoid creating duplicative capabilities in each organization.”

The Journal reported that the review group recommended that a civilian head the NSA.

Several NSA critics noted that Friday’s media reports on the impending report said little about the agency’s surveillance programs targeting Internet data inside the U.S. and abroad. Obama and senior national security officials have justified those sweeps by saying they are primarily directed at terror suspects and foreign Internet users and rarely sift through U.S.-based web traffic.

“I worry that what we’re going to end up getting is a report remarkably modest in what it proposes and doing little to restore global trust in the U.S.,” said Sascha Meinrath, a privacy advocate who is director of the Open Technology Institute, a web freedom group.

Most of what the public has learned about the secret NSA programs is the result of news stories based on leaks provided by Snowden, now a fugitive from U.S. authorities living in Russia. Some information also came from the NSA’s declassification of long-secret decisions by the Federal Intelligence Surveillance court. In those decisions, several judges bared internal abuses by NSA officials and ordered tighter oversight of the programs. The Times reported Friday that among the task force’s draft proposals is the idea of creating a group of legal advocates who could argue against the government at the secret court. Obama has expressed interest in that idea.

Meinrath attended two private meetings with the review panel and is one of several privacy advocates who have criticized the task force’s lack of public contacts and the insider nature of its White House appointees. The review group’s members have extensive ties to both Obama and the intelligence and national security communities. They include Richard A. Clarke, a long-time national security official in the Clinton and Bush administrations; Michael Morell, a former senior CIA official; Cass Sunstein, Obama’s former regulatory czar; Peter Swire, a privacy law expert who served in the Clinton administration and Geoffrey Stone, a former University of Chicago Law School dean who leads an academic committee looking to build Obama’s presidential library in Chicago.

The review group is one of two government organizations that Obama directed to review NSA surveillance programs that are conducted under authorization of the U.S. Patriot Act and the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act. The second group, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, is an independent board of experts appointed by Congress. The oversight board was in existence before Snowden’s revelations, but was largely idle until Congress approved its full membership last summer.

The board is in the final weeks of preparing its NSA report and the group’s chairman, David Medine, said he expected that a report will be issued to Congress, the White House and the public before the end of the year.

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  • DanielDecember 14, 2013 - 7:02 am

    Big Brother has fully arrived and the wonks, Kirchy, CD, Porno and RW love it, the more the merrier as long as it's their tryanical political party that spying, flying killer drones, occupying Afghanistan and ruining medical insurance, it's ok with them. Their efforts and concentration are directed at the tea party, Palin, Cruz and still blaming Bush.

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  • rlw895December 14, 2013 - 8:24 am

    Oh Danny, Danny, you're too young to really remember how all this privacy intrusion started, aren't you? Put me with the "privacy groups" mentioned in this story. Anyone who has been reading these comments for long knows that.

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  • DanielDecember 14, 2013 - 12:08 pm

    RW how spying on Americans started is irrelvant, why is the self-proclaimed most "transparent" adminstration in history continuing with it is the question?

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  • Salty DogDecember 14, 2013 - 2:42 pm

    Daniel, The likes of rlw895,CD and kirchy are blinded by the mantra from the left they feel that every one should be equal. No matter if they bust their back side to get ahead of just get a hand out. The more you make the more they want to take, because somebody else has less then you do. and that is the problem with the country today.

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  • rlw895December 14, 2013 - 2:51 pm

    Talk about irrelevant. Come on, SD, stay with us.

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  • Rich GiddensDecember 14, 2013 - 3:06 pm

    But Obama promised like Hitler did! Liberal Obama droolers and slobberers make good obediant Obama slaves who don't complain. After all, the government that spies, lies and denies knows what's best for you Komrade.

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  • rlw895December 14, 2013 - 3:12 pm

    D: Did you miss that I'm agreeing with you? But how it started IS relevant. If Bush/Cheney hadn't taken us there, Obama would not be keeping us there. Whatever he can do now to reverse course is an act of courage. It would be different if the public were clamoring for more privacy in exchange for less security, but too few people are willing to accept that bargain. They demand more privacy and no risk of another terrorist attack.

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  • Mr. SmithDecember 14, 2013 - 6:12 pm

    "If Bush/Cheney hadn't taken us there, Obama would not be keeping us there." Wait/what?? Could not let that go without at least raising an eyebrow, RLW. As everyone knows by now, Obama does whatever he dang well pleases--legal or not.

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  • rlw895December 14, 2013 - 11:24 pm

    Well you see, that's just not true, so "everyone" doesn't know that, and those who are told or led to believe that are being deluded or deluding themselves. No one knows what Obama (or Gore) would have done to the 4th Amendment following 9/11, but I think it safe to say not where Cheney led Bush.

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  • Mr. SmithDecember 15, 2013 - 9:01 am

    RLW: Must I be "told or led to believe" everything? What about the proof provided by my own eyes?

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  • rlw895December 15, 2013 - 10:12 am

    It would be too much for me to ask or expect you to be objective about our president. What I was taking issue with is "everybody" does or should agree with you about his character. Doing whatever the president pleases is a far better description of recent Republican administrations than Democratic. Cheney went as far as saying the 4th Anendment was an anachronism that could be disregarded.

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  • Mr. SmithDecember 15, 2013 - 11:03 am

    RLW: You need to get out of "Bush/Cheney" mode. I was describing what I see Obama doing (i.e., his behavior), not what I believe about his character. Objectivity is a good thing--maybe we both should try to be more objective about our president.

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  • rlw895December 15, 2013 - 12:22 pm

    I only bring up Bush/Cheney when it's relevant to the discussion. As for objectivity, unfortunately defining it is subjective. I see the same things you do but don't draw the same conclusions as you do. ONE of us must be biased. But as I'm far from alone, "everybody" doesn't agree with you. You're getting that perception from somewhere else. If you reside in a bubble, it will appear everybody agrees with you. It's a sign to move on.

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  • Mr. SmithDecember 15, 2013 - 2:04 pm

    RLW: You are right. When I said "everybody knows," that should have been, "Everybody who is paying attention." My bad. Moving on.

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  • rlw895December 15, 2013 - 4:23 pm

    Still not true, and all my replies still apply. The question is whether Obama does whatever he wants, and that's patently and demonstrably false. Do you need examples? How about closing Gitmo?

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  • rlw895December 15, 2013 - 4:28 pm

    How about raising the debt ceiling? Making court appointments? Getting a budget?

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  • Mr. SmithDecember 15, 2013 - 4:35 pm

    By definition, Obama does not WANT to close Gitmo. Not now. Not after being briefed (by someone who obviously had some brains) on why we had it to begin with, anyway. He shot off his big mouth way too soon, didn't he?

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  • rlw895December 16, 2013 - 1:52 am

    By definition? Oh, I forgot; because Obama does whatever he wants, "by definition" whatever he doesn't do he doesn't want to do. Your argument is circular. It would be much better and admit the obvious: No president can do or get everything he wants.

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