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Uphold Civil Liberties

Civil liberties are freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights—the first 10 Amendments of the United States Constitution, such as: 

  • Freedom of speech, 
  • Freedom of religion, and 
  • Freedom from unreasonable search and seizures. 

Civil liberties protect individuals from improper government action and arbitrary government interference. Federal laws enacted by Congress further protect civil liberties. Section 803 of Public Law 110-53, Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (“9/11 Commission Act”), requires that certain Federal law enforcement agencies, including the Department of Defense (DoD), appoint a senior official to advise on civil liberties and meet certain statutory requirements. Learn more about the DoD-level Civil Liberties Program.  

The Defense Health Agency (DHA) Privacy and Civil Liberties Office (Privacy Office) supports compliance with Federal privacy, security, and civil liberties laws, and DoD regulations and guidelines, by providing training, adjudicating civil liberties complaints, and adhering to other program requirements. The DHA is committed to protecting the civil liberties of its workforce (civilian employees, uniformed service members, and contractors), customers (active duty, Veterans and family members), and members of the public.

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Information Sharing Environment Privacy and Civil Liberties Guidelines


The President approved for issuance and implementation the ISE Privacy and Civil Liberties Guidelines (in accordance with IRTPA §1016 (d), and in furtherance of Executive Order 13388).

Appointment of Civil Liberties Officer/Primary POC for Health Affairs


TRICARE Management Activity designated Linda Thomas as the Chief Civil Liberties Officer and Primary Civil Liberties Point of Contact, December 5, 2012.

Proposal to Rename the TRICARE Management Activity Privacy Office


Approved the renaming of the TMA Privacy Office to the TMA Privacy and Civil Liberties Office, January 26, 2011.

Protection of Civil Liberties in the Department of Defense (DoD)


DoD Civil Liberties Officer (CLO) instructed DoD components to review the placement of civil liberties within their organizations and designate a civil liberties office and CLO, November 1, 2010.

Organizational Placement and Structure of DoD Civil Liberties Officer (CLO) Functions


DoD Civil Liberties Officer (CLO) announced that the DoD CLO functions would be conjoined with those of the Defense Privacy Office (DPO) within the Office of the Director of Administration and Management and the DPO would assume interim responsibility for DOD CLO functions.

Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA)


Congress established the need to protect privacy and civil liberties as a core tenet of the Information Sharing Environment (ISE).

  • Identification #: Public Law 108–458
  • Date: 12/17/2004
  • Type: Federal Regulations
  • Topics: Uphold Civil Liberties
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