The nomination of Adam Klein as chairman of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) is a welcome move by the president.
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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.
With this week’s White House announcement of an intent to nominate additional leadership officials at the Department of Justice, one of whom is current Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) member Rachel Brand, the PCLOB is one step closer to conducting its business with a lone remaining member, Elisebeth Collins. Board members may not serve in separate U.S. government positions.
The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board will soon be unable to function. No matter what you think of privacy and intelligence oversight, that can't be a good thing.
Carrie Cordero, Alexander Joel, and Rachel Brand discuss how to achieve more transparency about secret intelligence programs.
Steve Bellovin has been appointed as the first Technology Scholar of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.