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Opinion: Empty Oversight Board an "Embarassment"

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

April 20, 2010

A Los Angeles Times  editorial describes the fallow Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board as "an embarassment" to the Obama administration. The board was created in 2004 to provide oversight on potentially privacy invasive government initiatives but has since languished. Over the past several months, lawmakers and others have urged the administration to reconstitute the five-member board. The newspaper echoes those calls and adds that the president "should choose individuals of sufficient experience and stature to act as watchdogs over the intelligence community and the Justice Department." Earlier this month an Obama administration official said the White House was vetting candidates for the board.

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