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Senate Judiciary Matches White House in Underperformance on Civil Liberties Board

As you should already know, President Barack Obama has gone 834 days in office without filling the empty chairs of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. If if existed, the Board would exercise subpoena power to uncover and report on the abuse of Americans’ constitutional rights by the U.S. government. But it doesn’t exist because it has no members. President Obama hasn’t even nominated enough people to the board to form a quorum.

Although the Obama administration has been neglectful of its duties, it isn’t the only party of government to fail in this regard. Consider the record of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has the responsibility of meeting to consider and vote on the confirmation of Obama’s executive nominees:

Department of Justice: 22 nominations presented by Barack Obama, 15 confirmations by the Judiciary Committee
Department of Homeland Security: 2 nominations presented by Barack Obama, 2 confirmations by the the Judiciary Committee
Department of Commerce: 1 nomination presented by Barack Obama, 1 confirmation by the Judiciary Committee
Executive Office of the President: 1 nomination presented by Barack Obama, 1 confirmation by the Judiciary Committee
Foreign Claims Settlement Commission: 2 nominations presented by Barack Obama, 0 confirmations by the Judiciary Committee
Office of National Drug Control Policy: 4 nominations presented by Barack Obama, 3 confirmations by the Judiciary Committee
United States Parole Commission: 2 nominations presented by Barack Obama, 2 confirmations by the Judiciary Committee
United States Sentencing Commission: 4 nominations presented by Barack Obama, 3 confirmations by the Judiciary Committee
State Justice Institute: 6 nominations presented by Barack Obama, 6 confirmations by the Judiciary Committee
Administrative Conference of the United States: 1 nomination presented by Barack Obama, 1 confirmation by the Judiciary Committee

Last and least, standing out for Judiciary Committee inactivity:

Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board: 2 nominations presented by Barack Obama, 0 confirmations by the Judiciary Committee

A Judiciary Committee hearing is scheduled for tomorrow in order to process nominations. The nominations of James X. Dempsey and Elisebeth Cook to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board are not among them. No nomination hearing for either the pair has been scheduled by the Judiciary Committee for any time in the future.

No nominations. No confirmations. No civil liberties oversight. Is this what you voted for?

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