How outside are Obama’s outside intelligence advisers?

By Laurie Bennett

April 1, 2014 at 8:34am

Two non-governmental panels advise the Obama administration on intelligence activities.

The first, the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, was created last year after Edward Snowden’s revelations about mass surveillance.

The other group, the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, was started in 1956 by President Dwight Eisenhower.

Two years ago, the board had 14 members. Now, according to the White House web site, it has four.

Politico reported last August that several members had been asked to leave.

The four who stayed, as evidenced by the Muckety map above, are all Obama insiders, having served in the administration or worked on the campaign or transition team.

The review group has the same bent, with two members, Geoffrey Stone and Cass Sunstein, having advised the 2008 campaign and another, Peter Swire, helping with the transition.

A fourth member of the group, Michael Morell, served as acting CIA director under Obama.

The panel recommended in December that new limits be set on government surveillance.

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