One of the recommendations that came from the 9/11 Commission, was the creation of a civil liberties board to ensure the civil liberties of U.S. citizens in a post September 11 world.
Consequently, Congress created the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board in December 2004.
Since then, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has had the honor and distinction of being "the most invisible office in the White House." There's a shocker!
Idiot Son George Bush has not provided his full support to the Board. The Board has never held a meeting or hired staff. Finally, the Board is scheduled to be sworn in at the White House and hold it's first meeting, on next week.
And here's where the "but" comes in....
It's always been said that you can tell a President's priorities and values, by the budgets they submit to Congress.
In his new budget, George Bush lists NO money or funding for the Board. Which begs the question: is he trying to make it fail by starving it? Alex Conant, spokesman for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) says he has "no explanation" on why the Board is not funded in Idiot Son's budget.
Thomas Kean, who served as Chair of the 9/11 Commission, calls the entire fiasco "outrageous."