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President Bush is refusing to nominate the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's pick to serve on a government privacy and civil liberties board, raising the prospect that the board will remain member-less and inactive until his term is over.
Without any public announcement, the White House recently sent a letter to Capitol Hill stating it would nominate only one of two names recommended by congressional leaders to sit on the five-member civil liberties panel. The candidate whose name it would not forward: Morton Halperin, a veteran and sometimes controversial civil liberties advocate who has a famous role in the history of modern debates over government wiretapping.
As Congress gives Him More Domestic Spying Powers, Bush Keeps U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Board From Operating
With laws under consideration or recently passed that allow wiretapping, spies, and domestic satellite usage, there's plenty of work for the newly created U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Board to do. Unfortunately, it's not able to do anything at all.
In an article Tuesday, Newsweek reported an impasse that may keep the five-member panel from operating, or even meeting, before the next president takes office. Only one of two members recommended by Congress will actually be nominated.