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The Electronic Frontier Foundation has called on the board to review the use of surveillance drones. It sued the Department of Homeland Security in October to seek information about why the department is loaning Predator drones to law enforcement agencies across the country.

The Brennan Center for Justice in New York, which reported on the board’s sole meeting last year, noted that civil liberties groups also want the board to pay attention to issues such as data retention guidelines, the Espionage Act, the secret Office of Legal Counsel memos and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Most “urged the board to address and roll back, to the extent possible, the secrecy that shrouds the executive branch’s national security practices,” according a summary of the meeting posted later on the center’s website.

The oversight board was formed in 2004 but came under criticism for being too close to the Bush administration. Congress made it an independent panel in 2007. For years, civil liberties groups and others raised concerns as neither Mr. Bush nor Mr. Obama moved to fill vacancies on the panel.

“Among our major disappointments has been the administration has not impaneled the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board,” former Rep. Lee Hamilton, vice chairman of the 9/11 Commission, testified to a Senate committee in March 2011.