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President Obama Holds First Meeting with NSA Review Panel

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama met for the first time with his hand-picked panel of veteran security experts tasked with conducting a full review of U.S. surveillance programs and other secret government efforts disclosed over recent months.  

A White House official said in a statement that members of the group, which includes Richard Clarke, Michael Morell, Geoffrey Stone, Cass Sunstein and Peter Swire, all assembled for the meeting with President Obama Tuesday.

"On Aug. 9, President Obama called for a high-level group of experts to review our intelligence and communications technologies," the statement from the White House spokesperson read. "Today the president met with the members of this group."

"These individuals bring to the task immense experience in national security, intelligence, oversight, privacy and civil liberties," the official continued.

The panel is expected to advise the president on ways to "employ [the United States] technical collection capabilities in a way that optimally protects our national security and advances our foreign policy, while respecting our commitment to privacy and civil liberties" in a time of such rapidly advancing technology.

The White House spokesperson said that within 60 days the group will brief the president on their interim findings through the director of National Intelligence, and ultimately will provide a final report and recommendations to the president.

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