I interviewed David Medine this week in the course of Steptoe’s latest podcast on technology, security, privacy, and government. The interview yielded a good overview of the Board’s report, and not an uncritical one. I questioned the Board’s decision to write a legal brief on the 215 program, as well as the Board’s remarkable claim that it had found the unambiguous “plain meaning” of section 215 — despite the fact that 15 judges disagreed. David is a fine lawyer, and he gave as good as he got.
The exchange is interesting, and I think it digs deeper into the report than most news stories have.