Reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
The secretive FISC reviews government surveillance requests, and critics have characterized the court as a rubber stamp. The president said he favored adding an "independent voice" to the FISC review process to ensure that concerns about civil liberties were being well-represented in the court's deliberations.
The president says he favors a series of reforms designed to make the government's surveillance programs more transparent. "I've directed the intelligence community to make public as much information about these programs as possible," Obama said. The disclosures will include the government's interpretation of Section 215 of the Patriot Act. The president will also name a "full-time civil liberties and privacy officer," and create a new Web site to post documents related to government surveillance.
An independent review panel.
The president plans to name a "high-level group of outside experts" to study the government's surveillance programs and make recommendations on how to make them more effective and accountable. The panel will be asked to make recommendations for ways to "maintain the trust of the people, make sure there's no abuse, and ask how it impacts our foreign policy." He has asked for an interim report in 60 days and a final report by the end of the year.