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Independent Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Schedules Meeting on PRISM Surveillance Scandal

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:


[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.
STATUS: Closed.

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.
Claire McKenna,
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?

1 comment to Independent Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Schedules Meeting on PRISM Surveillance Scandal

  • OhioRiver

    Who is the true enemy of the state? The people or the government when it comes to destroying the U.S. Constitution?

    Scandal after scandal & still no one in D.C. does anything except create a new congressional committee with no results (Fast&Furious one example).

    Finally!! Someone is doing something. Two veterans (1 is a 65 yr old Vietnam vet & other is a Gulf War I) who are taking to the streets in protest as we see other decent people in Greece, Turkey, Spain, etc. protest their government.

    True grit for 2 veterans once again trying to defend our freedoms for us & protest the corruption in D.C.


    I support them, but the mainstream media still ignores they courage to carry the American flag each step fm San Diego to D.C. Once again, it’s our veterans defending America from our enemies.

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