Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes "A long list of influential security, privacy and technology experts, largely from academic circles, has petitioned the NSA review board to include a technologist among its ranks.
The board, established on Aug. 12 by Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper upon the orders of the president, is supposed to provide oversight over the U.S. intelligence community’s signals-intelligence and surveillance capabilities. Clapper’s three-paragraph announcement of the board also spoke of the need to balance the country’s national security needs with the need to maintain public trust.
“Without an understanding of the technical details of the surveillance programs, the FISC has been forced to accept unsupported assertions that the government has made about these programs,” the letter says.
The experts hope the review panel assesses the FISA court’s technical understanding of which it has oversight and adds a technology advisor to that body as well."