June 21, 2013
Obama to talk to sham privacy board about NSA snooping
The Hill has the background on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), a group that was created 8 years ago and just last month sawit’s 5th and final member confirmed.
Does this sound like a sham to you?
The panel was first suggested in the 2004 report by the 9/11 Commission, and was first launched that year. In 2007, the group was granted independent powers, but both Presidents George W. Bush and Obama resisted nominating members for years.
The panel operated without offices or staff for years, and the fifth and final member — Chairman David Medine — was only confirmed last month, by a narrow 53-45 party line vote.
The board still lacks a website, and until Medine’s appointment, had only two federal staffers pulled from other government agencies. It had held only two meetings before a briefing earlier this week, the first since the top-secret NSA programs were revealed by 29-year old defense contractor Edward Snowden.
Still, the White House believes that meeting with the panel can help assuage privacy concerns voiced since the revelation of the NSA programs. The senior administration official said the board’s functions included “ensuring that the need for such actions is balanced with the need to protect privacy and civil liberties.”
In an interview with the Associated Press, Medine said senior officials at the NSA, FBI, and Justice Department explained how some of the NSA programs functioned in a meeting with the five panelists Wednesday.
“Based on what we’ve learned so far, further questions are warranted,” he told the wire service.
Medine also said the group plans a public meeting on July 9, and will publish a report that includes analysis of and recommendations for the NSA programs. By law, the board is required to report to Congress not less than semiannually.
This is a crock. ...
Good find! Soooop it is out there. People being cautious?
So I can be clear maggief. I have NO problem with people illegally in this nation being profiled. I have NO problem with moslems being profiled. I DO have a problem when legal born citizens not illegally born here and who are not moslems are being profiled. Since my government profiles little old ladies, Veterans, our Military but will give moslems and illegals a pass, there is a problem of enormous proportions. DOES my government belong to a foreign group or foreign groups of people that are not professing nor want to be Americans instead those people want to kill Americans, I Still Have The Right To Call and to Protest the Actions of these people claiming to represent me when representing me is the farthermost thing from their hearts and minds. These people hate me and you because we are legally right in our disdain of the course being taken. Guess this is why these who represent us consider us the enemy. Well Sorry Elected and Your ILK ... You may go to HADES!