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Brennan Center Submits Comments on PCLOB’s 12333 Plan

The Brennan Center submitted comments to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) on their plan to explain counterterrorism conducted under Executive Order 12333.

Published: June 17, 2015

The Bren­nan Center recently submit­ted comments to the Privacy and Civil Liber­ties Over­sight Board (PCLOB) on their plan to exam­ine coun­terter­ror­ism and surveil­lance activ­it­ies conduc­ted under Exec­ut­ive Order (EO) 12333. EO 12333 is the primary source of author­ity for intel­li­gence activ­it­ies over­seas, and the NSA has revealed that its conducts the “major­ity” of its vast surveil­lance oper­a­tions under the Order. However, there is little public inform­a­tion about how the NSA and other intel­li­gence agen­cies inter­prets and exer­cises their powers under the Order, and what checks and balances are in place to protect privacy and civil liber­ties. The Bren­nan Center’s comments provide the Board with a list of issues and ques­tions that, if appro­pri­ately addressed, will provide the public with a much-needed under­stand­ing of the inner work­ings of EO 12333. 

The Bren­nan Center has previ­ously submit­ted comments on the NSA’ s surveil­lance activ­it­ies under both Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act, and Section 702 of the Foreign Intel­li­gence Surveil­lance Act (FISA), part of the FISA Amend­ments Act of 2008 (FAA). 

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Bren­nan Center Submits Comments on PCLOB’s 12333 Plan