Obama to meet with federal oversight organization about phone and internet records
PresidentBarack Obama holds his first meeting with a privacy and civil liberties boardtoday as part of his response to revelations about secret governmentsurveillance programs.
ThePrivacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is a little federal oversight knownfederal oversight organization. Obama says the board will play a key role inaddressing the public's concerns about the government's sweeping collection ofphone and Internet records.
Obama isalso considering declassifying more details about the data-mining. He hastasked the director of national intelligence with reviewing a secret federalintelligence court's opinions and filings relevant to the programs to determinewhether additional information can be made public.
The government already haslifted some of secrecy surrounding the programs following disclosures abouttheir existence by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.