Obama’s James Clapper’s Committee To Make You Love the Dragnet Has a Kiddie Table

Spencer Ackerman has a review of how the first two meetings of Obama’s Non-Tech Tech Review panel have gone. And while they went about as horribly as I suspected — certainly there was no talk of actually fixing obvious problems with the dragnet — there are a few details that show how “most exceptional” this effort is.

The White House, having taken pains to pretend James Clapper is not in charge of the Director of National Intelligence Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, referred comment to James Clapper.

The White House deferred comment to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which did not respond.

The Non-Tech Tech Review Panel comes with a kiddie table — or rather, a conference room almost two miles away from the White House, where the tech giants got to eat.

During its first round of meetings, the panel, known as the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology, separated two groups of outside advisers. One group included civil libertarian organizations such as the ACLU and the Electronic Privacy Information Center. It met in a conference room on K and 20th Streets. Morrell and Clarke did not attend.

The other, which met in the White House Conference Center, included technology companies that have participated – sometimes uneasily and at court behest – in NSA surveillance. All five panel members participated.

I’m not surprised the CIA’s representative on the Committee to Make You Love the Dragnet refused to be seen at the kiddie table with civil libertarians. But Richard Clarke?

Finally, the tech companies appear not to have sent tech experts.

The meeting itself struck [New America Foundation VP Sascha] Meinrath as bizarre. Representatives from the technology firms were identified around the table not by their names, but by placards listing their employers. There was minimal technical discussion of surveillance mechanisms despite the presence of technology companies; Meinrath took the representatives to be lawyers, not technologists.

When it appeared like the meeting would discuss a surveillance issue in a sophisticated way, participants and commissioners suggested it be done in a classified meeting.

Apparently, Cass Sunstein didn’t even have to get caught proposing weird conspiracy theories to make this thing a laughingstock.

Tweet about this on Twitter0Share on Reddit0Share on Facebook0Google+0Email to someone

15 Responses to Obama’s James Clapper’s Committee To Make You Love the Dragnet Has a Kiddie Table

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
Emptywheel Twitterverse
emptywheel @OKnox Saudis have quidded their pro I suspect. @GerardAraud
12mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel RT @MichiganHist: In honor of Cesar Chavez Day- posts will be related to farm laborers this evening.
17mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @YousefMunayyer A little horrified NYT wasn't more horrified.
22mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel RT @AngieCoiro: Worth noting: five #Indiana #GOP voted AGAINST #rfra: http://t.co/5WjN3jSw1R One is actually consistent in his bid for "sma…
26mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @YousefMunayyer Tracks "language used"?!?!? You don't use Arabic, but that's now a sign of ISIS support?
26mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel RT @kgosztola: "Protesting is not the same as making progress." Rahm Emanuel blunt about his view of community organizing #ChicagoTonight
30mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @IronCurtaiNYC They did not mention "or one of those US counties were people are too fucking stupid to innoculate their kids."
33mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel Interesting. Oncologist reminder call includes a "if you've traveled to [Ebola countries] please contact us before" coming in.
35mreplyretweetfavorite
JimWhiteGNV RT @TylerCullis: Lots of hopes being realized by tonight's announcement of agreement in principle between US, its P5+1 partners, and Iran. …
1hreplyretweetfavorite
JimWhiteGNV And you can bet that Bibi now has his fabricators working overtime on "evidence" of Iran breaking the agreement...
1hreplyretweetfavorite
JimWhiteGNV RT @LadaneNasseri: BREAKING: Russian FM says main elements of #IranDeal reached, agreement to be drafted in coming days #IranTalks #IranTal
2hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @toddzwillich We'll always have some "scary if true" left over for Sunnis.
2hreplyretweetfavorite
September 2013
S M T W T F S
« Aug   Oct »
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930