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Barack Obama in Office 485 Days, and Still No Civil Liberties Board

President Barack Obama is required by federal law to appoint a Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board to report to Congress and the public on the extent to which the Obama administration does — or does not — respect constitutional liberties in its actions.

Barack Obama’s been in office 485 days now, and he hasn’t [...]

More Members of Congress Speak Up About Barack Obama’s 441 Days Without Civil Liberties Oversight

Barack Obama has now gone 441 days without appointing a legally-required Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

This is not a trivial matter. The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board that is supposed to be in existence is the body of government tasked with training government surveillance officers in compliance with the United States Constitution. [...]

420 Days and Counting: Barack Obama Fails to Appoint Privacy and Civil Liberties

When a reauthorization of Patriot Act surveillance powers was sent to President Barack Obama’s desk, he signed it within two days, even though he was not required to do so by law.

President Obama is required under federal law to appoint a Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. It is the job of this board [...]

After 414 Days In Office Obama Still Has No Civil Liberties Board

Federal law requires the President of the United States to appoint a Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. This board is to be placed within the White House but given independent status. Fusion centers are proliferating across the country and taking on the power to construct disseminate government profiles of innocent Americans; administrators and officers [...]

406 Days Post-Inauguration, Barack Obama Still Hasn’t Appointed His Civil Liberties Board

It’s 406 days after Barack Obama’s inauguration as the 44th President of the United States. Under federal law, President Obama is required to appoint a Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board tasked with maintaining standards for training surveillance officers in civil liberties protections, with conducting inquiries into violations of Americans’ rights by the U.S. government, [...]

402 Days In, Barack Obama Has No Civil Liberties Oversight Board

H.R. 1, passed and signed into law during the 110th Congress of 2007-2008, requires the President to appoint a Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board to work as an independent office in the executive branch of the U.S. Government. Fusion Center administrators and information sharing specialists are required by law to take civil liberties training [...]

Bush’s Political Shenanigans Matter: Dubya’s Illegal Appointees Hammer Asylum Seekers Harder

If you need another reminder that George W. Bush’s political games matter more than as a way of keeping partisan score, go ahead and read today’s piece by Charlie Savage of the New York Times. Savage’s article documents that the immigration judges appointed by the Bush administration — using illegal standards based on partisan loyalty [...]