LIVE VIDEO: News 2 Weather Special    Watch

White House To Release Intelligence Report

1:56 PM, Dec 18, 2013   |    comments
  • Share
  • Print
  • - A A A +

WASHINGTON --The White House announced it will release a presidential task force report recommending changes to National Security Agency surveillance Wednesday, weeks earlier than originally expected.

President Obama will review the report in the coming weeks and announce potential policy changes next month, according to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

Obama met with the five-member review panel in the secure White House Situation Room on Wednesday to discuss the report, which the panel submitted to the White House last week.

A federal judge said this week that bulk collection of phone and Internet data is probably unconstitutional.

Obama met Tuesday with tech executives from 15 American companies who urged him to "move aggressively" to overhaul the way the U.S. government conducts surveillance.

The report, which includes 46 recommendations and is more than 300 pages long, was written by the group that is known as as the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies. Obama tasked the panel with coming up with policy recommendations after domestic and international outrage over revelations by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden,

"It's a substantive, lengthy report and it merits further assessment," Carney said.

Carney said administration officials decided on an early release of the report because of "inaccurate and incomplete reports in the press about the report's content."

"We felt it was important to allow people to see the full report to draw their own conclusions," Carney said. "For that reason we will be doing that this afternoon."

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.

Most Watched Videos