NSA

Report Says NSA Bulk Records Collection Will Continue Following Review

Debate over how much reform will actually happen

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A participant in a White House-sponsored review of surveillance activities described as "shameful" an apparent decision to leave most of the National Security Agency's controversial bulk spying intact.

Sascha Meinrath, director of the Open Technology Institute, said Friday that the review panel he advised is at risk of missing an opportunity to restore confidence in US surveillance practices.

"The review group was searching for ways to make the most modest pivot necessary to continue business as usual," Meinrath said.

Headed by the CIA's former deputy director, Michael Morrell, the review is expected to deliver its report to Obama on Sunday, the White House confirmed, although it is less clear when and how substantially its report will be available to the public.