Skip to comments.Mysterious privacy board touted by Obama has deep government ties
Posted on 06/21/2013 6:59:13 PM PDT by Nachum
The body charged by President Obama with protecting the civil liberties and privacy of the American people exists in shadows almost as dark as the intelligence agencies it is designed to oversee. The Privacy & Civil Liberties Board (PCLOB) was due to meet Obama at the White House on Friday afternoon at 3pm in the situation room to discuss growing concerns over US surveillance of phone and internet records or, at least, that´s what unnamed "senior administration officials" said would happen. The meeting did not appear on the president´s official diary issued to journalists, nor has
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This administration is like something straight out of “1984”
Ministry of Privacy= miniprivy. Something stinks.
Sounds like Mooch’s hospital job, a CYA sinecure.
Who sits on this Board.
It is, in fact, in it's decadent lust for ultimate power, the leading cause of the loss of those liberties and freedoms, notwithstanding the socialists/imperialists/dictator-wannabes the people keep getting hood-winked into electing to the office of the President.
“This administration is like something straight out of 1984
More like straight out of Pol Pot’s friendly group.
The SITUATION ROOM????? Isn’t that for WAR Situations???
Libs I will dig on all of them first Wald
Upon her retirement, Judge Wald accepted an appointment to serve on the 14 member panel of judges of the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague, where she spent the next two years hearing cases on wartime atrocities in the former Yugoslavia. It was arduous work for Judge Wald. The trials in the Tribunal lasted, on average, fifteen months, many much longer. There was the obstacle of language and no uniform set of rules for the judges to apply. It was a grueling process for all involved. Judge Wald became a leader of the Tribunal and established a standard for fairness and the rule of law. As a result of her dedication to those principles, the lessons learned will vastly improve future international courts.
Judge Wald now serves as Chair of the Open Society Institutes Criminal Justice Initiative.
This one helped write the act was a Bush Asst Ag, more elite incest.
Okay, working at the U.S. Department of Justice may not be a party these days. But the recently announced, imminent departure of Assistant Attorney General Rachel L. Brand her last day at the DOJs Office of Legal Policy is July 9 had nothing to do with recent controversies (contrary to some insinuations).
As tout le monde in D.C. legal circles knows, the fabulous Brand known to some as the Prom Queen was planning to step down for some time. The reason? She and her husband, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Cohn, are expecting a baby boy next month.
The lede of this Reuters report, while technically accurate, is therefore misleading. Thankfully, the Washington Post was more accurate:
[T]he Justice Department announced that Rachel Brand, assistant attorney general for legal policy, is resigning
Justice officials said she plans to leave July 9 and stay at home with her first child, due this summer.
Brand, who worked on the renewal of the USA Patriot Act last year and the confirmation of two Supreme Court justices in 2005, is not known to have played a direct role in the U.S. attorneys removal.
[N]ot known to have played a direct role maybe because she didnt? If she had, rest assured that Chuck & Friends would have invited her over to Capitol Hill for a televised chat.
[D]epartment officials have said that Gonzaless former chief of staff, D. Kyle Sampson, asked her whether she might want to replace a Michigan prosecutor who was forced out. Though interested at first, Brand did not apply for the job.
Yes, Brand shrewdly did not throw her hat into that ring. As we previously noted:
In declining to be considered, Rachel Brand showed the excellent judgment that has taken her so far, so fast. Had Rachel Brand replaced Margaret Chiara, she would have been the victim of a mainstream media pile-on. The New York Times editorial board would have derided her as a Bush Administration political hack with no prosecutorial experience (albeit a hack with impeccable academic credentials, including Harvard Law School and a Supreme Court clerkship with Justice Kennedy).
So whats next for Rachel Brand (in addition to a bouncing baby boy)? Shes rumored to be meeting with various private law firms and any of them would be lucky to snag this young legal superstar.
Brand has devoted the past six and a half years of her career to government service. She leaves the Bush Administration even more highly esteemed, on both sides of the aisle, than when she came in. This is no small feat, given the controversies that have shaken the DOJ, as well as the highly partisan atmosphere currently prevailing here in Washington.
Here is Brands husband;
Cohn Returns to Sidley Austin
Jonathan Cohn, who recently stepped down as one the Justice Departments top civil lawyers, is returning to Sidley Austin as a partner in the firms appellate practice.
Cohn handled several high-profile assignments at Justice, including Arar v. Ashcroft, in which a Canadian citizen alleged that American authorities spirited him away to Syria, where he spent a year in confinement and was tortured. A decision is pending in the US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.
In 2007, Cohn argued the governments case in Abigail Alliance v. Eschenbach in the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, successfully defending the Food and Drug Administrations position that terminally ill patients have no constitutional right to unapproved drugs.
Sidley Austin LLP, formerly known as Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP, is one of the oldest law firms in the world. It is the sixth-largest US-based corporate law firm with over 1,800 lawyers, annual revenues of more than one billion dollars, and offices in 16 cities worldwide.
He has ties to Cass I think. Many links not working on his search. Can’t find anything on a wife.
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 sawits 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 Medines 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 boards 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 weve 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. ...
May 7, 2013
Grassley Statement on David Medine to be Chairman, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board
Can you find any ties to him and Cass Sunstien? Also is he married? I saw a few ties but links were not working. Imagine that.
No One Knew Anything; Sound Familiar??
Carol Weil to Marry Prof. David Medine
Published: January 18, 1987
Ms. Weil, until recently a lawyer for the American College of Physicians in Washington, expects to join the Indianapolis law firm of Baker & Daniels as an associate in March. She graduated from Pomona College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and the law school at the University of California at Berkeley, where she was a member of The Law Review. Her father is chairman of the department of medicine at the University of the Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School in North Chicago, Ill. Her mother, Marianne Posner Weil, is a psychologist for the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Mr. Medine, an associate professor of law at Indiana University at Bloomington, was formerly an associate at the Washington law firm Covington & Burling. He graduated from the Friends Seminary in New York, Hampshire College and the University of Chicago Law School. His father was an attending ophthalmologist at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. His mother, who is retired, was known professionally as Dr. Ruth Cortell and was the associate medical director of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in New York.
Cass R. Sunstein
Cass R. Sunstein is currently the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Mr. Sunstein graduated in 1975 from Harvard College and in 1978 from Harvard Law School magna cum laude. After graduation, he clerked for Justice Benjamin Kaplan of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court, and then he worked as an attorney-advisor in the Office of the Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice. He was a faculty member at the Law School from 1981 to 2008.
University of Chicago Law School
Program Director, Ethical and Regulatory Affairs, National Cancer Institute
Washington D.C. Metro Area
I am heading out but will read later. You are the best at FR. I will get to a few friends.
Have sent link to this thread to several as you did the heavy lifting.