President Obama Locking In Cosmetic NSA 'Reforms' Before Key Privacy Board Can Even Weigh In
from the that-doesn't-seem-right dept
Earlier this month, the PCLOB announced that it will be releasing its findings... in late January or after February. In other words, the recommendations will be after the President has already announced his plans. It does sound like the PCLOB report will be fairly thorough -- there will be one focused on Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act (the bulk metadata collection), a report on how FISC works, and a final report on Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act. Basically, three separate looks at the most controversial aspects of the NSA's activities. And all of them coming after the President has already made up his mind.
Of course, while it might seem odd that the President would announce his plans just a few days before the government's official organization in charge of privacy and civil liberties announces its findings... it's not that odd if the whole point is to basically cut off any serious consideration of whatever they actually end up recommending. And, of course, you don't even have to be overly cynical to assume that's exactly what's happening.