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President Obama Holds Second Secret Meeting on Surveillance

It’s difficult for the President of the United States to meet with anyone quietly but that’s what happened Thursday. President Obama, according to Politico, sat down with Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) CEO, Tim Cook, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) chief, Randall Stephenson, Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) computer expert, Vint Cert, and others in a discussion about government surveillance. The session also included civil liberties leaders, sources familiar with the matter told Politico.

The government’s desire to keep the meeting off the radar was punctuated by the fact that it was not included on the Presidents daily public schedule for Thursday.

While the White House declined to provide details, Thursday’s meeting, as well as one held Tuesday, centered on the NSA controversy as well as the more general issue of tracking consumers online.

Although President Obama promised public debate on privacy as well as counterterrorism tactics used by the government, the White House has continued to conduct most of its discussions in closed-door meetings.

Meanwhile an administration aide, referring to Tuesday’s meeting, told Politico:  “This is one of a number of discussions the administration is having with experts and stakeholders in response to the president’s directive to have a national dialogue about how to best protect privacy in a digital era, including how to respect privacy while defending our national security.”

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Disclosure: At the time of this writing, the author had no position in the company mentioned.

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