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Constitutional Protections in Homeland Security

On Wednesday (December 3, 2008) the Majority Staff of the House Committee on Homeland Security hosted a series of roundtable discussions on the future of privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties at the Department of Homeland Security. There is a schedule for the event, “A Path Forward: Constitutional Protections in Homeland Security,” here with a list of participants and topics, but that does not look like a permanent link. There is also a link to a live audio feed (hosted by a dot-com, not the House), but I gather it was only “live” since it does not work today.

I’m not sure of the status of such single-party, staff-not-members hearings and whether we can ever expect a transcript of such things. Is there a category of “government publication” into which this fits? or is this just another piece of fugitive ephemera?

There is a news story about the meeting here:

The panelists said that too many loopholes exist in the Privacy Act, government data mining programs are ineffective, and information-sharing programs are growing without any accountability. This “discussion” seems interesting and worth documenting somewhere.

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