Obama Appoints Fox to Investigate Spying In the Henhouse: Spymaster James Clapper to Lead Investigation into Spying
August 13, 2013
When Obama announced last Friday that he’d reform NSA spying, we documented that it wasn’t wise to trust him.
Friday, Obama promised an independent group or experts would investigate spying:
We’re forming a high-level group of outside experts to review our entire intelligence and communications technologies. We need new thinking for a new era. We now have to unravel terrorist plots by finding a needle in the haystack of global telecommunications. And meanwhile, technology has given governments — including our own — unprecedented capability to monitor communications.
So I am tasking this independent group to step back and review our capabilities — particularly our surveillance technologies. And they’ll consider how we can maintain the trust of the people, how we can make sure that there absolutely is no abuse in terms of how these surveillance technologies are used, ask how surveillance impacts our foreign policy — particularly in an age when more and more information is becoming public. And they will provide an interim report in 60 days and a final report by the end of this year, so that we can move forward with a better understanding of how these programs impact our security, our privacy, and our foreign policy.
Today, Obama appointed James Clapper to head the “independent group” of “outside experts”.