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Opinion: Congress Should Reinstate Board

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

July 14, 2011

Congress must ask itself how the disappearance of a Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board can be justified, opines Alan Charles Raul in The Hill. Congress established the board in 2004 as part of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act, and it operated from 2006 to 2008. The board's intention is to balance civil liberties with the government's post-9/11 powers to fight terrorism. It is charged with reviewing proposals and the implementation of anti-terrorism legislation, regulations and policies to protect "privacy and civil liberties." Reforms to the board in 2007 led to its eventual demise, and it has yet to be re-established, which Raul says is "no trifling matter."
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