The review group’s five members were appointed by Obama and reported directly to him through National Intelligence Director James Clapper. While the oversight board headed by Medine has mixed all-day hearings open to the public with classified meetings with intelligence officials, the review group did all its work in secret and was exempted by Clapper from standard public access requirements.
“The review group clearly recognized that the government needs more watchdogging than PCLOB’s oversight just into counterterrorism,” said Greg Nojeim, a senior counsel with the Center for Democracy and Technology, a civil liberties group.
The review group even suggested a similarly unwieldy title to replace the oversight board’s already weighty name: The Civil Liberties and Privacy Protection Board, or CLPP.
Medine was less enthused about that possibility, worried that the CLPP board could be derisively referred to as “clipboard.”