What Happened to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board?
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.