Improve, expand Civil Liberties office

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As was necessary, in 2004, Congress created the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board to protect Americans' civil rights against overzealous counterterrorism policies like illegal phone tapping, e-mail monitoring, watch-listing and data mining. However, the Bush administration never set up the Board and, despite Obama's championing of civil rights during the campaign, the current administration has not appointed any Board members. Intelligence officials tell us that there is a growing danger from homegrown terrorists, so a functioning Board is imperative. Please, work to fill the five seats on the Board without further delay; as well as improve and expand it.



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