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Saturday, March 10th 2007

Finally, We Know We're Safe…

My Privacy Fears Have Been Assuaged

The civil liberties board charged with reviewing the NSA’s wiretapping program has signed off,

A White House privacy board is giving its stamp of approval to two of the Bush administration’s controversial surveillance programs – electronic eavesdropping and financial tracking – and says they do not violate citizens’ civil liberties.

Democrats newly in charge of Congress quickly criticized the findings, which they said were questionable given some of the board members’ close ties with the Bush administration.

I would say so.

“Their current findings and any additional conclusions they reach will be taken with a grain of salt until they become fully independent,” said Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee.

A Stitch In Haste brings up an excellent point

–If a partisan, powerless “privacy board” can be given enough access to the super-secret details of the NSA warrantless wiretapping program, then why can’t a court? Why does the Administration continue to insist that the “state secrets doctrine” precludes judicial oversight, or at best allows one (advisory) court to review the program — once and only once — independent of any actual litigation?

Seriously, why do they waste government money on these hearings with this sort of rubber stamping?