The Brennan Center for Justice submitted written comments to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board regarding the Board’s agenda, pursuant to the notice published in the Federal Register on October 23, 2012, at 77 FR 64835.
On October 29, 2012, the Supreme Court will begin its second session of the 2012 Term. On its calendar are an important civil liberties case and three cases involving important issues of access to justice.
Liberty and National Security Program Co-Director Faiza Patel testified before the New York City Council Public Safety Committee about the need to establish an inspector general for the New York Police Department.
As part of its effort to keep New York safe from terrorism, the NYPD has vastly expanded its intelligence operations, but not its oversight mechanisms. Our proposal recommends the Department create an independent inspector general to increase oversight—a position New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn recently embraced.
Next week, the Supreme Court will once again hear arguments in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, a case that could severely curtail efforts to hold perpetrators of human rights violations accountable in U.S. courts.