President Barack Obama has begun appointing members to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, CNET News reports. The president's first two nominees are Jim Dempsey, vice president of the Center for Democracy and Technology, and Elisebeth Cook of the law firm Freeborn and Peters. "President Obama has nominated two outstanding and well-qualified individuals," Alan Charles Raul of Sidley Austin told the Daily Dashboard. "I hope the Senate will act quickly to confirm their nominations and that the president will nominate a chairman and two other members very soon." The oversight board was created in 2004 on the recommendation of the 9/11 Commission to help advise and oversee the Administration's efforts to fight terrorism while protecting the rights of Americans. It languished in 2008 following legislative changes. This week's nominations are "an important first step to reestablishing the privacy board," Raul said.
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