Once again, President Bush shows his disdain for the American public and Congress by effectively stopping a congressionally approved board from overseeing the WoT and limiting its effects on the privacy and civil-liberties granted by the Constitution.
In 2007, Congress in-acted a law creating the Privacy and Civil Liberty Oversight Board and the year-long appointments are up, but President Bush has failed to appoint any replacements– thereby effectively stopping any reviews or actions by the board.
I’m actually a bit surprised by this since Bush effectively stacked the board with his cronies last time- thereby effectively nullifying any real oversight. But I guess Bush figured that after the whole spying on American’s without warrants fiasco he wouldn’t be able to get his buddies approved by Congress a second time.
TechDirt has a write up on this issue too with some good insights.