We still think the first step ought to be a truly independent investigatory body that is assigned to look into the unconstitutional spying. It must be empowered to search, read and compel documents and testimony, must be required to give a public report that only redacts sensitive operational details, and must suggest specific legislation and regulatory changes to fix the problem—something like the Church Committee or maybe even the 9/11 Commission. The President made a mockery of this idea recently, by initially handing control of the “independent” investigation he announced in his press conference to the man who most famously lied to Congress and the American people about the spying, the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
That’s from this Electronic Frontier Foundation article. I think there are more immediate steps to be done first, as discussed in my previous post, but the EFF’s suggested course is a good one. I can amend my original list to include it before or after step 3. Of course, in real life, these steps can happen concurrently.