A presidential review group convened by President Barack Obama to examine the National Security Agency’s surveillance practices released its report after much criticism when it was announced that the White House was going to wait until January to make it public.
There is much to examine and explore in the 300-page report. Much of it further vindicates former NSA contractor Edward Snowden for having the courage to take copies of documents, provide copies to journalists and ignite a critical debate on privacy and the powers the NSA has claimed to conduct mass surveillance.
Forty-six recommendations were offered by the group. David Sanger and Charlie Savage of The New York Times pointed out, “The recommendations would remove from the NSA’s hands the authority to conduct many of its operations without review by the president, Congress or the courts. But by themselves, they would terminate few programs.”