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3 of 5 Nominees for Privacy and Civil Liberties Board come from Corporate Firm WilmerHale

If after many years sitting empty the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is finally filled with members and able to meet, its members will have the power to compel testimony and evidence from the Obama administration and its executive agencies. Using that power, the board has the responsibility to draft twice-yearly reports on civil [...]

Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Nominees in Senate Appointment Hearing 4/18/12

Four months after President Barack Obama finally nominated 5 people to sit on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, the Senate Judiciary Committee will be holding a hearing to gather the nominees’ testimony in advance of a vote. On April 18 at 10:00 in the morning, you can visit this webpage to watch a [...]

Americans Elect Steps Up Attacks on Democracy: Now a Corporate Board Decides Who’s On and Off the Ballot

Disenfranchisement. Oligarchy. Plutocracy. These are now the official principles of Americans Elect. Americans Elect is a 501c4 corporation funded by Wall Street hedge fund executives that is trying to run its own online privatized presidential nomination in 2012. Until now the Americans Elect corporate board has paid lip service to the idea of democracy within the Americans Elect process. That changed today. [...]

Buddy Roemer Defends Americans Elect Against Reality

Yesterday, Facebook User AE Transparency got into an exchange with Buddy Roemer, a politician who first left the Democratic party and then left the Republican presidential race and now is running as an Americans Elect candidate. AE Transparency asked:

AE Transparency: Mr. Roemer, concerns that Americans Elect Corporation is a hedge fund and junk bond-funded [...]

Five Things With Which I Am Not Cool (March 10 2012)

President Barack Obama gave the green light to child soldiers in Chad, the Congo, and Yemen.

The Lorax markets Mazda SUVs: a thing that everyone, everyone, everyone needs?

When officials conducted a Photo Op to show off their new drones flying over American skies, the people in charge lost control of their robot and it [...]

Vogon Democracy, Revised: Americans Elect Violates Rules, Then Fixes the Problem

Update, March 8 2012: More Vogon Democracy…

Update, March 7 2012: Americans Elect has responded, fixing its violation of Rule 12.2…

… by posting an update with a link to the motion:

I am glad to see Americans Elect move into greater compliance with its Rules.

It would be helpful if Americans [...]

Ask Senator Patrick Leahy why he’s Sitting on Privacy and Civil Liberties Board Nominations

It took President Obama three long years, but finally in December of 2011 he obeyed the law and finished putting all five nominees into consideration for appointment to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. This is an important task for Obama to have completed, because the PCLOB has special powers to protect American freedoms: [...]

President Obama Finally Nominates Civil Liberties Board. Now the Judiciary Committee Sits on It.

For 1,060 days of his presidency, Barack Obama refused to nominate enough members of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight board to constitute a quorum. That made it impossible for the PCLOB to carry out its legally-mandated job of collecting information on civil liberties violations by the executive branch of government and sharing that information [...]

With 1,001 Days in Office, Barack Obama has Failed to Appoint Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

President Barack Obama took his Oath of Office to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States” 1,001 days ago. Along with that oath of office came a very real legal responsibility. Under a law passed well before President Obama took office, he is required to appoint five members of a Privacy and [...]

How to use the Americans Elect Rules to Eject the Americans Elect Corporate Board (?)

Americans Elect wants to be the first corporation to run its own candidate for President of the United States without disclosing its funding sources. Strangely enough, that makes some people suspicious. But today I’ve found a feature of Americans Elect’s new draft rules that should allay those suspicions — so long as AE actually follows [...]

Civil Liberties Board Nominee Elisebeth Collins Cook Pushed for Broad DNA Sampling

Elisebeth Collins Cook is one of only two people nominated to sit on the nation’s empty Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, the body charged with protecting Americans’ civil liberties and tracking abuses from within the executive branch. The quorum required for the board to meet is three members, and the first two nominees (Cook [...]