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Oversight Board Gets Necessary Headcount

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

December 19, 2011

Forbes reports on President Barack Obama's announcement last week on the appointment of two lawyers and a former judge to the Civil Liberties and Privacy Oversight Board. The appointments, when confirmed, will give the board the necessary headcount to become operational again. Created after September 11, 2011, the commission has remained dormant since 2007, inciting widespread criticism. The commission aims to provide oversight to U.S. surveillance and security measures in the fight against terrorism. The announcement is "a promising first step toward improving the oversight of our government's counterterrorism activities," said an ACLU spokeswoman.
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