The Washington Post has an article up today about lawmakers and privacy advocates, including the American Civil Liberties Union, who are pressuring President Obama to fill the vacant seats on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.
The article said with Obama in the White House, Democrats and civil liberties advocates assumed the board would be filled:
Instead, Obama, who championed civil liberties during his presidential campaign, has not nominated anyone.
Meanwhile, notes the American Civil Liberties Union's Jay Stanley, Obama "has found the time" to fill a slew of positions on boards such as the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission and the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
Granted, Stanley wrote in a blog last month, these positions might be easier to fill than the privacy board. "But it has been 14 months," he wrote. "More likely, this White House, like any White House, has no appetite for activating an independent body not under its control, a potential thorn in its side that might step on their 'message of the day' and distract from its agenda."