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Three Agencies Failed to Appoint Required Civil Liberties Overseers

In 2004, in response to recommendations by the 911 Commission, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board was created by Congress as part of the The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. It was part of the White House and went nowhere. In 2007, Congress passed a new law establishing an independent board. There are currently no members and there have been no meetings. Bush did little with it after the terms expired in Jan. 2008. (He did nominate at least one person).

But, as part of the law, 8 departments were ordered to appoint a civil liberties director. Among the agencies that have failed to comply: The Departments of Defense, State, and Health and Human Services.

All three departments have failed to comply with a 2007 law directing them to appoint civil liberties protection officers and report regularly to Congress on the safeguards they use to make sure their programs don't undermine the public's rights and privacy, a USA TODAY review of congressional filings shows.


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