White House Nixes Privacy Protections

“WhiteHouse.gov page before and after deletion of the reference to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. 9/11 Commission chairman Thomas Kean called the administration’s lack of progress on the board ‘extremely disappointing.'”

Though this Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board was apparently never very effective, it’s rather concerning that all mention of it has been removed from the White House website without so much as a peep out of the administration.  True, it may only be a symbolic loss — afterall, the board did little to reign in the abuses of the PATRIOT Act, as it was supposed to.  On the other hand, maybe the government is finally owning up to its own barbarism?  More here.

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