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.
Obama will review the report in the coming weeks and announce potential
policy changes next month, according to White House Press Secretary Jay
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.
met Tuesday with tech executives from 15 American companies who urged
him to "move aggressively" to overhaul the way the U.S. government
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
"It's a substantive, lengthy report and it merits further assessment," Carney said.
said administration officials decided on an early release of the report
because of "inaccurate and incomplete reports in the press about the
"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."
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