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Coalition Letter Urges Biden Administration to Fill Vacancies on the PCLOB

On September 7, 2021, the Brennan Center joined 18 other organizations in calling on the Biden administration to restore a quorum to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

Published: September 10, 2021

In 2007, Congress created an inde­pend­ent commis­sion in the exec­ut­ive branch to ensure that the post-9/11 coun­terter­ror­ism land­scape contained guard­rails for funda­mental privacy and civil-liber­ties interests. Though it took five years for the Senate to confirm its first members, the Privacy and Civil Liber­ties Over­sight Board (PCLOB) played an integ­ral role in review­ing the National Secur­ity Agency’s bulk collec­tion of Amer­ic­ans’ tele­phone records and clari­fy­ing the govern­ment’s foreign intel­li­gence surveil­lance powers. But the five-member Board currently lacks a quorum, limit­ing its abil­ity to hold meet­ings, analyze coun­terter­ror­ism policies, make reports to Congress, and hold the exec­ut­ive branch to account.

The Bren­nan Center urges Pres­id­ent Biden to nomin­ate indi­vidu­als with proven records in privacy and civil-liber­ties advocacy to these vacan­cies, which will both restore PCLOB to its full stature and further a mission that remains as urgent in 2021 as it was in 2007.

Coali­tion Letter Urges Biden Admin­is­tra­tion to Fill Vacan­cies on the PCLOB by The Bren­nan Center for Justice on Scribd