What Happened to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board?

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Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 11:38 am

Who knew we were supposed to have a Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board?  Not Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, apparently.

A question about why that board — recommended by the 9/11 Commission and created by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 — still doesn’t exist appeared to stump her at the Senate Judiciary Committee’s oversight hearing this morning.

The board is supposed to ensure that anti-terror policies – such as wiretapping, information-sharing at “fusion centers” and other tactics in the “war on terror” — don’t infringe on privacy and civil liberties.

Napolitano promised to look into that.

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Hawaiian style
Comment posted May 6, 2009 @ 10:29 am

Obviously the commission went the way of our civil liberties.

It seems with this and the last Administration, the Constitution is something we point to with pride publicly and look at as something that can be ignored in private.

That doesn't sound like a long term formula for democracy to me.


Hawaiian style
Comment posted May 6, 2009 @ 5:29 pm

Obviously the commission went the way of our civil liberties.

It seems with this and the last Administration, the Constitution is something we point to with pride publicly and look at as something that can be ignored in private.

That doesn't sound like a long term formula for democracy to me.


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