President Obama Has Funny Definition of ‘Outside’ Review of NSA Program

Probably at this point, we should have expected no less. President Barack Obama promised a panel of outside experts to review NSA procedures with its surveillance programs.

It turns out, his definition of “outside” is people who used to be part of his administration but aren’t anymore. From ABC News:

A group of veteran security experts and former White House officials has been selected to conduct a full review of U.S. surveillance programs and other secret government efforts disclosed over recent months, ABC News has learned.

The recent acting head of the CIA, Michael Morell, will be among what President Obama called a "high-level group of outside experts" scrutinizing the controversial programs.

Joining Morell on the panel will be former White House officials Richard Clarke, Cass Sunstein and Peter Swire. An announcement is expected Thursday, a source with knowledge of the matter told ABC News' Jon Karl.

The group will "consider how we can maintain the trust of the people [and] how we can make sure that there absolutely is no abuse," President Obama said two weeks ago when announcing the group's formation, without identifying who would be on the panel.

Susnstein should be a recognizable name for his support of paternalistic, nanny state government “nudging.” His inclusion should worry us that the administration sees all of this as a marketing and messaging issue and not a transparency and Fourth Amendment problem. Swire, though, has a history in tech privacy issues and government and was saying the NSA's wiretap program was illegal back in 2006.

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  • R C Dean||

    He has to be just pranking his way through his second term. As in "Jeebus, is there anything I can't get away with?"

  • ||

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  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    I should probably go to the beach tomorrow.

  • ||

    Beach Volleyball tournament in Manhattan Beach this weekend. Fit men and women for everyone's tastes.

  • Hugh Akston||

    What about guys who like chubby chicks?

  • ||

    I distinctly recall a QC editorial you wrote that leads me to believe you are not one of them, but there're always the spectators lusting after athletes far out of their league.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Whoa whoa whoa. When did I ever say anything negative about fat girls?

  • ||

    Weren't you the one who wrote the editorial when that Hawaiian(?) girl, who had the scrawny white bf who was vaguely creepy, started wearing tank tops after she lost a ton of weight, but not all that much weight in the grand scheme of things?

  • Hugh Akston||

    That could have been the guy who took over after me. He tended to write about irrelevant bullshit like that. My irrelevant bullshit was of a much higher caliber.

  • ||

    Hmm. Did your successor have pasty chicken legs that prevented him from wearing shorts? I feel like there was a self-deprecating joke in there about that in the editorial.

  • Hugh Akston||

    That's him. Martin. He was even quicker with the self-deprecating jokes than I was. He tended to date skinny/slutty girls. I was more partial to chubbies.

  • BakedPenguin||

    The link between cat feces and juggalos.

  • William of Purple||

    more coushin for the pushin

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    Also this weekend is a Topless Freedom March at Venice Beach.

  • ||

    Blast! I'm going to be in Yosemite this weekend. Yosemite is, incidentally, on fire.

    So if I'm not back by Monday, you know why.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    So if I'm not back by Monday, you know why.

    You ran off with a hunky fireman?

  • ||

    Your imagination is totally kinder to me than mine is.

  • LynchPin1477||

    KCCO man

  • ||

    Burn your bras, motherfuckers.

  • LynchPin1477||

    Which applies to like, what, three people here? Unless there are cross dressers amongst us.

  • ||

    I bet Adriana Lima is secretly a libertarian scholar.

  • LynchPin1477||

    "What do you want me to do Adriania?", I asked.
    "Whatever you want. It's a free country."

  • BakedPenguin||

    I'm going to choose to believe this, regardless of it's veracity.

  • Sevo||

    The foxes have done a thorough investigation and found the hens to be perfectly safe. No reason to worry.

  • Art Vandelay||

    At this point, I would be shocked if he told the truth.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Why bother? He can say whatever he wants and the press will report it as indisputable fact. Nobody ever calls him on his bullshit. Nobody that matters anyway. So why ever tell the truth? Why even bother telling a consistent lie?

  • Derpetologist||

    Obama should armpit fart "Camptown Races" for the next State of the Union address.

    His supporters will lap it up and it will less insulting to the intelligence of everyone else.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    They'd be outraged that the first black president was forced by white supremacy to turn the SotU into a minstrel show.

    Although I'd love it if he sang 'I Get a Kick Out of You'.

  • Gene||

    Although I'd love it if he sang 'I Get a Kick Out of You'

    Here is the best version IMO.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VHUpGxFJJ8

  • GILMORE||

    without clicking the link = blazing saddles?

  • Xenocles||

    Sadly, no.

  • Xenocles||

    I mean, it was some great playing, but I don't think I could go with an instrumental version for that title.

  • Gene||

    How many posts will he be allowed tonight?

    I put the over/under at 5.

  • Sevo||

    Ya recon this is the 'gay marriage' troll with a new handle?

  • Gene||

    He's been disappeared, again.

  • William of Purple||

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