Tee 42

From Oak Hills to Oak Bluffs, Dufners and duffers have been trudging up the fairways and tiptoeing across the greens.  When the pros and their imitators weren’t playing a few rounds of golf, some business somehow got done:

A memorandum signed by President Obama on Monday … [authorized] Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to empanel outside experts to review U.S. surveillance technologies, particularly how the government can maintain the public trust.  The memo was released as Obama vacationed on Martha’s Vineyard.

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The Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies will examine the technical and policy issues that arise from rapid advances in global telecommunications. The group will assess whether U.S. data collection “optimally protects our national security and advances our foreign policy while appropriately accounting for other policy considerations, such as the risk of unauthorized disclosure and our need to maintain the public trust,” the statement said.

Neither the White House nor Clapper released details on the size or composition of the panel.

If there are any vacancies on the RGICT, you’re in luck: Lunghu’s temporarily available for this crucial public service assignment!  After Labor Day, that is …  Right now he’s on vacation.  And even though Lunghu is more of a Vineyard Haven kinda guy rather than an Oak Bluffer, both the President and he agree that it’s best to stay far, far away from Gay Head.  Even though the Menemsha Inn serves GREAT seafood.

Be seeing you!

 

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