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Obama Swayed By NSA Insiders To Reject 'Liberal Report's' Findings

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Published on Feb 2, 2014

"A member of President Barack Obama's hand-picked surveillance review group said Friday the White House was swayed by U.S. intelligence officials sympathetic to the National Security Agency and ultimately viewed the group's findings "as a liberal report."

University of Chicago law professor Geoffrey Stone said that, after receiving the surveillance group's report, Obama spent a month meeting "with many of the same people we had met with at great length, members of the intelligence community, members of the intelligence committees from Congress largely on one side of the picture."

"And instead of our report being truly understood as a middle ground, based upon taking into account all of those perspectives on both sides of the spectrum, I think the White House got moved by thinking of our report as a liberal report," Stone said.

Stone, speaking during a panel discussion at the National Press Club in Washington, said intelligence officials were "pushing [Obama] and the White House generally more to what we can call the right.""* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

*Read more here from Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-t...

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