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Dempsey to Be Nominated to Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

President Obama today announced his intention to nominate CDT Vice President for Public Policy James X. Dempsey to serve on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, an independent agency within the executive branch tasked by Congress with reviewing the civil liberties impact of anti-terrorism policies and programs.

CDT's President and CEO Leslie Harris said, "We are thrilled with the President's announcement.  Jim has been a leader on privacy and civil liberties issues for many years.  His commitment and insight will be crucial in making this oversight body effective."

The position, which is subject to Senate confirmation, is part-time, so Dempsey, if confirmed, will continue in his position with CDT. In August 2008, President Bush nominated Dempsey, along with three others, to the same Board, but the Senate did not act on any of those nominations.