Bush Scandals List

175. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (another ineffective board and doctored report)

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board was recommended by the 911 Commission to make sure that in countering terrorism the privacy rights and civil liberties of Americans were respected. Established by law on December 17, 2004, it first met more than a year later on March 14, 2006. Its first public meeting was on December 5, 2006. Its 5 members currently are chosen by the President although there is currently legislation to make it an independent agency. The Board’s chairwoman is Carol Dinkins a former law partner of Alberto Gonzales. Theodore Olson who argued Bush v. Gore is also a member. In its first report (2007) to Congress, the Administration made over 200 changes even after the final draft had been approved by the committee, resulting in the resignation of the one of the board members the tame Democrat Lanny J. Davis.

The terms of the original board members expired on January 30, 2008. Showing the importance Bush attaches to the board, he allowed the board positions to expire without naming any replacements, effectively eliminating it. I don’t think he was too interested in the idea anyway.

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