Members of a presidential panel that recommended stricter limits on National Security Agency mass surveillance activities echoed critics of the mass telephony metadata program by also stating that the effort has yet to prevent a single terrorist attack--but unlike many civil libertarian critics, said they still support the program's continuance in modified form.
A five member panel charged by President Obama in August to review intelligence surveillance has recommended new limits to current National Security Agency activities. Among its recommendations is an end to NSA long-term storage of telephony metadata--the transaction records of all domestic and international telephone calls crossing through U.S. carrier switches--and a transition to a system in which those records are stored privately.
President Obama's picks for a five member group tasked with reviewing National Security Agency surveillance has drawn criticism over its insider-heavy composition. The group is one of a handful of Obama administration reactions to revelations of widespread surveillance of telephone records and Internet communications caused by the leaking of classified documents by former intelligence community contractor Edward Snowden.
"I am satisfied that they are taking it seriously, but I want to be careful with the word 'satisfied.' I'm very encouraged by the signs that I have seen," Howard Shelanski told the House Small Business Committee. Shelanski was confirmed as the new OIRA administrator on June 27, replacing Cass Sunstein.
If confirmed as the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Howard Shelanski would continue the regulatory look-back process emphasized by his predecessor Cass Sunstein.
Among law professors, "it's long been thought that the process of notice and comment is basically kabuki theater," said Cass Sunstein, himself a law professor for decades before heading up OIRA and who has since returned to academia. "That administrative-law sophisticated wisdom, it couldn't be further from the truth," he said at a Brookings Institution event.
Cass Sunstein, the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, will step down from his post this month to rejoin Harvard Law School as the Felix Frankfurter professor of law and to direct the school's new program on behavioral economics and public policy.
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