A few weeks ago, Jay wrote about the Obama administration's failure to appoint members to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB). It looks like all those letters from members of Congress (PDF) and a civil liberties coalition (PDF) Jay mentioned might've been the nudge the president needed, because in today's Washington Post, Ellen Nakashima reported some good news: "The White House is vetting someone for one of the three Democratic seats on the board."
The article, which also quotes Jay, also reports that Republicans will be supplying names of people to fill the two remaining seats in the next two weeks.
We're encouraged by this news. As we hear more and more news about out-of-control watchlists and dubious airport security measures, we hope a fully-staffed PCLOB will bring some much-needed oversight to our national security establishment.