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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 [...]

After 1060 days in Office, Obama finally nominates full membership for Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

1077 days ago, Barack Obama took his Oath of Office as President of the United States of America, solemnly swearing to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” As President, one of the ways that Barack Obama is supposed to do that is to nominate five members of a Privacy and Civil [...]

876 Days with no Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. What Gives, Mr. Obama?

876 days ago, Barack Obama took office as President of the United States of America. As President, Barack Obama is required under federal law to nominate five members of a Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, the job of which is to use its subpoena power to review the search and surveillance activities of the [...]

Senate Judiciary Matches White House in Underperformance on Civil Liberties Board

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Barack Obama Goes 513 Days Without Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight

When President Barack Obama promptly nominated James Clapper to be Dennis Blair’s replacement as Director of National Intelligence, he urged that the Senate work without delay to confirm him:

Not surprisingly, the Senate has voted to confirm Jim for senior positions on four separate occasions — and each time it has done so overwhelmingly. Given [...]

A Show of Priorities on Government Spying: 14 Days Quick to General Clapper, 500 Days Slow to Oversight

If you want to figure where out a person’s priorities lie, don’t watch what they say. Watch what they do.

Just two weeks ago today, Obama administration Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair was let go. After just 14 days, Obama announced his nominee to replace Admiral Blair: yet another member of the military spy [...]

Barack Obama Puts Military at the Head of Intelligence Again

If you want something talked about all week, announce it on a cold and rainy Monday. If you want people to forget about something, announce it on a sunny and warm Friday.

Why does Barack Obama want us to forget that he’s nominated another General from military intelligence to be in charge of U.S. spying, [...]

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 [...]