White House Task Force Report on NSA Yields Praise From Washington Critics, Some Civil Liberties Advocates

Task force recommends NSA stop spying so pervasively


If President Obama hoped an outside expert panel could quiet public criticism about U.S. intelligence techniques in the wake of Edward Snowden's revelations, he may get his wish, at least for a spell.

On Wednesday, a group of intelligence and legal specialists ended a two-month probe of National Security Agency practices by unveiling 300 pages of critiques, rebukes, reminders about constitutional rights and praise for whistleblowers and a free press, plus 46 specific recommendations that Obama and Congress have said they will consider … next year.