The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board met with President Barack Obama (right) in June 2013. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board This week, the United States’ Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) held its first-ever public hearing with all five of its members present. That hearing, which was open to the public and was carried on C-SPAN, took hours of testimony from various government and intelligence officials.

A transcript (PDF) of that hearing was made available on Wednesday. PCLOB is an interesting group: it was recommended by the 9/11 Commission and its existence was signed into law in 2007.

Its official mandate? 9     

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