published Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Barack Obama taps former CIA deputy for intelligence panel

President Barack Obama speaks in Syracuse, N.Y.
President Barack Obama speaks in Syracuse, N.Y.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

WASHINGTON — The White House says President Barack Obama has tapped his former deputy CIA director for a review panel aimed at boosting public confidence in U.S. surveillance programs.

Michael Morrell stepped down from the CIA on Aug. 9. That’s the same day Obama announced he would create a panel to review U.S. intelligence and communications.

It’s one of the reforms Obama put forth to allay concerns over programs exposed by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

The White House says Obama and the panel met Tuesday. Obama requested an interim report within 60 days, and a final report and recommendations by mid-December.

Also on the panel are Clinton-era cybersecurity adviser Richard Clarke, University of Chicago law professor Geoffrey Stone, and former Obama officials Cass Sunstein and Peter Swire.

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