The wait is finally over! Despite having said it would come out in January, the Obama Administration hustled and released a report from the advisory committee set up to recommend changes to the NSA. And, my, are those changes many.
The report outlines over 40 recommendations to modify the NSA's counterterrorism program. They run the gamut from headline-grabbing issues, like the agency's collection of phone metadata, to the specific tasks the NSA is responsible for. While Obama himself has addressed some of these issue in the six months since Edward Snowden's leak, the hasty release of the advisory committee's recommendations arrives just two days after a federal judge said that the NSA's collection of phone records may be unconstitutional. Obama met with five members of the review board on Wednesday morning before the press secretary announced the release of the report. According to one official, the suggested changes to the NSA are "significantly more far-reaching than many expected."