Adam Klasfeld reports on yesterday’s hearing on nominees to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, a board that has been inactive for years:
… Three years into his term, Obama made his first five nominations: James Dempsey, an executive with the Center for Democracy & Technology; Elisebeth Collins Cook, a former Department of Justice lawyer; Rachel Brand, an attorney for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Patricia Wald, a former federal judge for the D.C. Circuit; and David Medine, a WilmerHale partner tapped to chair the board.
Dempsey, Wald and Medine are Democrats. Cook and Brand are Republicans.
All of the candidates seemed reluctant Wednesday to comment on Obama administration policies that most trouble civil libertarians.
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The nominees seemed to follow the same strategy as Supreme Court nominees: say nothing controversial or even clear about specific issues.