We Don't Need No Stinkin'Intel Oversight

Secrecy News reports that the President has still not appointed anyone to the presidential intelligence oversight board:President Obama has still not appointed anyone to the President's Intelligence Advisory Board (PIAB), Secrecy News has learned.The PIAB has broad responsibility for conducting internal executive branch oversight of intelligence, and it is specifically charged with alerting the President to intelligence activities that may be unlawful or contrary to executive order or presidential directive.  Although the PIAB rarely releases its findings to the public, it is positioned to play a potentially important role in the intelligence oversight process.  Its actual performance seems to depend on the qualifications of Board members, which have sometimes been minimal, as well as the receptivity of an Administration to the oversight process.Without any members, the PIAB is "kind of running on autopilot," said Homer Pointer, counsel to the Board.  But he...(Read Full Post)