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The five authors of the report are not hand-wringing liberals.They number one former CIA deputy director; a counter-terrorism adviser to George W Bush and his father; two former White House advisers; and a former dean of the Chicago law school.Not what the British prime minister would call "airy-fairy lah-di-dah" types.Six months ago the British cabinet secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood, was in the Guardian's London office telling us there had been "enough" debate on the matter of what intelligence agencies got.But here are Obama's experts revelling in the debate; exploring the tensions between privacy and national security, yes but going much further, discussing cryptology; civil liberties; the right of citizens and governments to be informed; relationships with other countries; and the.
Only 10 weeks ago British spy chiefs were doing their best to ventilate their "cease and desist" rhetoric on journalists implying they had no right to venture into their territory.A distinguished former editor wrote a rather shameful article wholeheartedly agreeing: "If MI5 warns that this is not in the public interest ran the headline, "who am I to disbelieve them?".Obama's panel of experts profoundly disagree: "It will not do for the press to be fearful, intimidated or cowed by government officials they write.
"If they are, it is 'We the People' who will suffer.Part of the responsibility of our free press is to ferret out and expose information that government officials would prefer to keep secret when such secrecy is unwarranted.".And so informed initially by journalism, not by anything that congressional oversight or the courts have brought into the open Obama's panel set down to write a report which calls for more than 40 changes in the way the.NSA collects, stores and analyses information; how it deals more openly with Congress, the courts and the public; and how it relates to tech companies, foreign governments and the internet itself.The report followed on from two other notable consequences this week alone from the reporting of the Guardian and others of material leaked.On Monday, a federal judge ruled that the NSA's intrusions into private lives using "almost-Orwellian technology" were almost certainly unconstitutional.
Judge Richard Leon said: "I cannot imagine a more 'indiscriminate' and 'arbitrary invasion' than this systematic and hi-tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every single citizen." On Tuesday, Obama met the chief executives of some.To this litany of intelligence matters brought into the light by dogged journalists (and lawyers and a tiny number of MPs, including Andrew Tyrie) one could add yesterday's Gibson report, which confirmed there are many troubling questions much reported.The cabinet secretary could not, in other words, have been more wrong.Far from there having been "enough" debate, the debate has just begun.It has been raging around Europe and much of the rest of the world in parliaments, the press and among the people.It is certain that Leon will not be the only judge to be weighing up these matters: there are numerous lawsuits coming down the slipway in the US, Britain and Europe.