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White House: "Wheels Are Turning" on Privacy Board

PRIVACY—U.S.

April 9, 2010

The Obama Administration is facing mounting pressure to fill the five vacant seats on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Board, the Washington Post reports. A member of the House Homeland Security Committee said this week that "It's important, especially as we ramp up on domestic intelligence issues, that we have an independent watchdog" for privacy and civil liberties. An administration official said "the wheels are turning." He said the White House is vetting someone for one of the three Democratic seats on the board, and Republicans on the Hill "will have names to us in two weeks," according to the report.
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