Obama meets with privacy and civil liberties panel that oversees anti-terror programs

  • Article by: JOSH LEDERMAN , Associated Press
  • Updated: June 21, 2013 - 5:15 PM

WASHINGTON — Taking steps to temper public concern, President Barack Obama held his first meeting Friday with a privacy and civil liberties board as his intelligence chief sought ways to help Americans understand more about the government's sweeping surveillance efforts.

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firefight41Jun. 21, 13 7:16 AM

The privacy board was created in 2004 but has operated fitfully ever since, given congressional infighting and at times, censorship by government lawyers. The board was dormant during Obama's first term and only became fully functional in May, before the NSA programs became public ****************** dormant during Obama's first term because of his administrations transparacy?

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edinawaterJun. 21, 13 9:00 PM

"he's confident his administration is striking the proper balance between national security and privacy." ----

The decision is not for him to make. The constitution already spells out the 'balance'. The government is prohibited from searching without a warrant and it is prohibited from getting a warrant without probable cause.

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