On December 18, the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies released its report entitled “Liberty and Security in a Changing World.” The comprehensive report, unclassified in its entirety, sets forth forty-six recommendations designed to protect national security and advance our foreign policy while respecting our longstanding commitment to privacy and civil liberties. The Review Group’s product recognizes the need to maintain the public trust – including the trust of our friends and allies abroad – and proposes steps to reduce the risk of unauthorized disclosures.
In particular, the report highlights the need to develop principles designed to create sturdy foundations for the future, safeguarding liberty and security amidst a changing world. The recommendations emphasize risk management and the need to balance a wide range of potential consequences, including both costs and benefits, in considering potential reforms.
The report emphasizes throughout that the central task is one of managing a wide assortment of risks. The Review Group is hopeful that the recommendations made here might prove helpful in striking the right balance. Free nations must protect themselves, and nations that protect themselves must remain free.