The break-up of the National Security Agency, an end to its collection of information on Americans' communications, a scaling-back of its surveillance on foreign citizens and leaders and an end to the agency's worst anti-encryption practices are some of the recommendations released by a review panel appointed by United States President Barack Obama to address revelations of systematic mass surveillance and lawbreaking by the NSA.

The report by the panel, established by the Obama administration in an effort to forestall mounting fury at revelations of the NSA's surveillance by whistleblower Edward Snowden, was released early this morning. The panel was composed of long-serving counter-terrorism official Richard A. Clarke, former CIA deputy director Michael J. Morell, legal academic and American Civil Liberties Union adviser Geoffrey R. Stone, legal academic (and "nudge" theory advocate) Cass R. Sunstein and privacy expert Peter Swire. The report does not mention Snowden by name, although it recommends improving and making whistleblower processes more accessible.