December 18, 2007 10:24PM

DHS: And We Even Obey the Law!

The Department of Homeland Security’s Officer for Civil Rights & Civil Liberties, Daniel W. Sutherland, explains here the great pains DHS is taking … well, not to embarrass itself as American Muslims return from the Hajj. Well and good.


But he goes a little far in touting the department’s efforts: “For the first time in the federal government, a Cabinet‐​level Secretary has placed two civil libertarians in senior leadership positions — Hugo Teufel, our Chief Privacy Officer, and me.”


The Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and the Privacy Officer are statutory positions. I’m not sure self‐​congratulation is in order for following the law.