In response to a Freedom of Information Act request from New York Times reporter Charlie Savage, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) has declassified its implementation report on Presidential Policy Directive 28: Signals Intelligence Activities (PPD-28). PPD-28 was signed by President Obama in January of 2014 and provides principles guiding “why, whether, when, and how the United States conducts signals intelligence activities.” The report was sent to Congress in early 2017.
Latest in PCLOB
The White House’s announcement of the intended nominations of Travis LeBlanc and Aditya Bamzai to be members of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) paves the way for the board to be operational again.
The president can potentially paralyze an agency by deliberately choosing not to nominate anyone in hopes of preventing the agency from functioning at full capacity or perhaps even from functioning at all.
The National Security Law Podcast, Episode 14: Potential Assange Charges, and More From Some Island in the Pacific
[Note: we are working to sort out a challenge with the embed code, so for now we are simply linking to the NSL Podcast home page. For Episode 14, please just click here.]
Reform will require changes to American law in two areas – (1) limiting “generalised” surveillance, and (2) providing expanded redress for foreign citizens.
Five Important (Or At Least Interesting) Provisions in the Intelligence Authorization Bill HPSCI Passed
The Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016, which HPSCI (the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence) voted out last week, contains a number of very interesting, but little-noticed, provisions. Here are my top-five highlights.