If you care about warrantless surveillance by the United States Government, it’s worth periodically checking this Federal Register page to find out what the long-overdue, finally-formed Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is up to. By law, the PCLOB has independent power unsquelchable by Congress or the President to subpoena classified or unclassified information regarding possible abuses of Americans’ civil liberties by the United States government. Even better, the PCLOB has a mandate to publish twice-yearly reports that are available to the public.
Given that independent power, it’s no wonder Barack Obama stalled the board’s formation for four and a half years, but now that the board is finally in place it has announced its first all-member meeting, Wednesday June 19. The announcement reads:
PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES OVERSIGHT BOARD
[Notice-PCLOB-2013-03; Docket No 2013-0004; Sequence No. 3]
Sunshine Act Meeting
TIME AND DATE: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, 2013.
PLACE: The meeting will be held at 2100 K Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20427.
MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED:
The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board will meet in closed session to discuss classified information pertaining to the PRISM-related activities and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
The Government in the Sunshine Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552b, normally requires that agencies provide at least one week prior notice to the public of the time, date, and location of meetings. As permitted by section 552b(e)(1), the Board determined, by recorded vote, that agency business requires that this meeting be called at an earlier date.
CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: Susan Reingold, Chief Administrative Officer, 202-331-1986.
Dated: June 12, 2013.
Legal Counsel [FR Doc. 2013-14431 Filed 06/13/2013 at 11:15 am; Publication Date: 06/17/2013]
PRISM? They’ve got a lot to talk about. Do you think 2 hours will cover it?