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Opinion: Oversight Board a Failure

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

September 7, 2011

If it ever comes into being, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board will have plenty to discuss, opines Jacob Sullum for the Chicago Sun-Times. The board was established under President George W. Bush to ensure that national security policies after 9/11 didn't infringe on individuals' privacy and civil liberties. But the board has been dormant since 2008, which Sullum calls a failure and "vivid testimony to the continuing disregard for civil liberties and the rule of law..." Congress made the board an independent agency in 2007 and required Senate confirmation of its members. Sullum writes that, in theory, the changes aimed to strengthen the board but, in practice, made it disappear.
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