Why Isn't The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Staffed?

from the questions,-questions dept

Certainly one of the biggest questions concerning both the last president and the current one has been the general disregard for certain civil liberties -- especially on issues like domestic spying and warrantless wiretapping. Barry Steinhardt, over at Stanford's Center for Internet and Society, reminds us that the government is supposed to have a Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, but it doesn't. This board was created by Congress a few years back after widespread abuses of civil liberties and privacy due to The Patriot Act were discovered. But, rather than do anything about it, President Bush ignored it until the very end of his term, and didn't even fully nominate the members. Meanwhile, President Obama has done absolutely nothing with the board. To be fair, he's been busy with lots of other stuff, but this is certainly an important issue, and it's a shame that it's been ignored. Unfortunately, it seems to indicate what those in the ultimate seat of power think about everyone's civil liberties and privacy.

Filed Under: administration, civil liberties, privacy

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    dhanie, 25 Jun 2009 @ 1:35am

    obama will fix this

    hi guys,

    if i were obama, i would be very busy like him! im not saying that obama dont mind about unlawful activity such as wiretapping or spying, but he has alot to prove to the world, he has so many things to be fixed.

    maybe he's just like everyone else, and that is unaware of how often spying activities happens and how dangerous it is.

    so on my opinion, let's give him some slack, have a little faith with the man...he'll take care of that later on, i hope so..well we all do hope so, right?!


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