Civil Liberties Review Board Remains Weak After Congress Misses Another Chance to Strengthen It

May 17, 2005
Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Maloney offered an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act for 2006 (HR 1817) that would strengthen the Civil Liberties Review Board to achieve what the 9/11 Commission recommended as the way to improve our homeland security and intelligence systems while protecting America’s civil liberties. The House Rules Committee blocked the amendment, which prevents Maloney from even the opportunity to offer the amendment on the House floor for consideration by all Members.  

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: