Jul 152016
 July 15, 2016  Posted by  Govt, Laws, Surveillance, U.S.

Charlie Savage of the NY Times writes:

A leading Democrat in Congress is pushing back against an effort to impose new constraints on a civil liberties watchdog agency that investigates the nation’s security programs.

The agency, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, is a bipartisan five-member panel that Congress created after a recommendation by the commission that investigated the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Its members and staff have security clearances and a mandate to investigate government practices that affect individual rights.

The Senate and House intelligence committees have increasingly sought to impose new rules on the board’s work, including a series of proposals in a pending intelligence authorization bill. But in a letter this week to Senate Intelligence Committee leaders, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, demanded that the proposals be withdrawn.

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h/t, Joe Cadillic

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