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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Obama's veil of secrecy is pierced
Topic - David Medine
WASHINGTON (AP) — The independent oversight board reviewing the U.S. government's surveillance programs briefed President Barack Obama this week on recommendations and key sections of its upcoming report, the task force's chairman said Friday.
A small federal panel that oversees privacy issues has been catapulted from a bureaucratic backwater into the political maelstrom roiled by leaks about the National Security Agency's domestic snooping.
A presidentially appointed panel charged with ensuring federal laws don't impede Americans' civil liberties has nothing to show for itself in recent years, failing to meet even once during a five-year span because vacancies had left the board dormant for so long.
The oversight board's full report will be released to the White House, Congress and the public on Jan. 23, Medine said.