White House Announces Nominees to Fill Civil Liberties Board

December 15, 2011 12:00 am

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WASHINGTON – The White House today announced it will present a full slate of nominees for the long-dormant Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB). The board has been vacant since it was reconstituted in 2007 by the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act. The ACLU has repeatedly called for nominations to the board and issued a report on the need for increased powers for the PCLOB in a 2009 report.

“The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has been obstructed for far too long. Today’s announcement is a promising first step toward improving the oversight of our government’s counterterrorism activities,” said Laura W. Murphy, director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office. “We hope it can soon begin the difficult task of attempting to oversee the sprawling and out-of-control U.S. intelligence establishment.”

To read the ACLU’s report on the PCLOB, go to: https://www.aclu.org/technology-and-liberty/enforcing-privacy-building-american-institutions-protect-privacy-face-new-tec

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