Civil Liberties Review Board Remains Weak After Congress Misses Another Chance to Strengthen It
Maloney said, “The best way to protect our nation’s civil liberties is to make sure the Civil Liberties Board is strong and independent, but instead it remains weak and vulnerable to politics in its current form. Today was another missed opportunity for Congress to show a commitment to America’s civil liberties, as part of our overall effort to strengthen homeland security.”
Maloney’s amendment would make changes to the Civil Liberties Monitoring board established by the Intelligence Reform Act of 2004. This amendment is modeled after HR 1310, the Protection of Civil Liberties Act, introduced on March 15, 2005 by Reps. Maloney (D-NY), Tom Udall (D-NM) and Christopher Shays (R-CT) . This Amendment would create the board as an independent entity and provide it with subpoena power, among other things. Full details on the bill are available at: https://maloney.house.gov/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=124&Itemid=61.