TCP to Privacy Board: Focus on ‘Secret’ Programs, ‘Targeted Killing’ & Surveillance Programs First

Testifying before the newly-constituted Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, TCP’s Senior Counsel Sharon Bradford Franklin urged the board to use its access to classified information to scrutinize the privacy and civil liberties implications of secret national security programs that are completely unknown to the public, or whose existence has not been confirmed by the government. TCP also called on the board to review the Obama administration’s use of drone attacks against suspected terrorists, including American citizens, and to examine a range of government surveillance programs. TCP has long urged Congress and the president to establish and staff an independent privacy board.  A copy of TCP’s testimony is available online. The ACLU, Defending Dissent Foundation, EPIC, Brennan Center for Justice, and CNSS also submitted statements.

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