President Obama deals with the issues of government surveillance andpersonal privacy on Friday as he meets with a special group of advisersand nominates a new FBI director.
The president holds his first meeting with the newly constituted Privacyand Civil Liberties Oversight Board, in part to discuss criticism ofNational Security Agency programs that gather phone and Internetrecords.
Obama will discuss his recent direction to the Director of National Intelligence to de-classify certain information "tobetter contextualize these programs, correct misrepresentations, andprovide an opportunity for the dialogue he welcomes about the rightbalance between national security and privacy," the White House said.
ThePrivacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board was actually created in2004 as part of the executive branch, and made an independent agency in2007, but it has never met amid disputes over its duties.
The board's chairman, former Federal Trade Commission official David Medine, was just confirmed by the Senate in May.
Administrationofficials are also reviewing recent Foreign Intelligence SurveillanceCourt opinions to see if any addition information can be disclosed.
Said the White House: "Thepresident's direction is that as much information as possible be madepublic while being mindful of the need to protect sources and methodsand national security."
Obama is also slated Friday to nominate former government attorney James Comey to be the new director of the FBI.
Comeysupervised counter-terrorism surveillance programs while working at theJustice Department during the George W. Bush administration.
If confirmed by the Senate, Comey would replace the retiring Robert Mueller as FBI director.