Revelations of NSA Spying in America

Dec 16, 2005
Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Today’s news reports that the National Security Agency was authorized to monitor American citizens and foreign nationals in the United States in 2002 have given a new urgency to the push for a strong Civil Liberties Board, as recommended by the 9/11 Commission. The board, in a weakened form, was created as part of last year’s landmark intelligence reform bill.

Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Christopher Shays (R-CT), co-chairs of the Congressional 9/11 Commission Caucus and co-authors of legislation to strengthen the Civil Liberties Board ( H.R. 1310 - See Press Release), today again made the case for a stronger board in a joint statement:

“These news reports should be a wake-up call to all Americans. A year-and-a-half ago, the 9/11 Commission said that a strong Civil Liberties Board is necessary, and it is easy to see why. The board was created one year ago tomorrow, and it has yet to meet. On its report card, the 9/11 commissioners gave our government a “D” for its effort to implement the board, which is probably a generous grade.

“American citizens need a stronger watchdog to monitor and protect our civil liberties. We call on Congress to consider and pass the legislation that would give teeth to the Civil Liberties Board.”