The chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court should not hold the sole authority to appoint judges to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, an Obama administration review group said today in a lengthy report that offers reforms to better protect privacy and civil liberties.
The White House release of the 303-page report comes just days after a federal judge in Washington declared that the "almost-Orwellian" National Security Agency bulk collection of billions of phone records is likely unconstitutional. Read the report here.
The report, prepared by Richard Clarke, Michael Morrell, Geoffrey Stone, Cass Sunstein and Peter Swire, offers 46 recommendations, including several that are specific to the surveillance court. The recommendations include the creation of a public interest advocate to present a vantage other than the position of the U.S. Department of Justice; greater disclosure of opinions; and dividing the authority to appoint surveillance court judges among the Supreme Court justices.