Report: White House to name NSA review board

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Clarke was a national security adviser to Presidents Clinton, George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush. Sunstein is an acclaimed law professor and former top regulatory official for President Obama. Swire served as a top privacy official in the Clinton administration and is currently leading industry negotiations to enable Internet users to opt out of online tracking. 

Obama announced his intent to form the review group earlier this month. He argued that the controversial surveillance programs are critical to national security, but he acknowledged that some changes might be necessary to restore public trust. 

He said the "independent group" would be made up of a "high-level group of outside experts" would prepare a report on its findings. 

"They'll consider how we can maintain the trust of the people, how we can make sure that there absolutely is no abuse in terms of how these surveillance technologies are used, ask how surveillance impacts our foreign policy — particularly in an age when more and more information is becoming public," Obama said at the time.

The White House said it expects to name the group "soon," but declined to comment further.