Obama Administration Improperly Withholds Records & Censors More Files Than Ever

By: Wednesday March 18, 2015 5:06 pm

United States government agencies released their statistics on how they handled Freedom of Information Act requests in 2014. The numbers show President Barack Obama’s administration censored or kept secret a record number of government files, according to the Associated Press. The administration received 714,231 requests, which is slightly higher than 2013. In thirty-nine percent of [...]

White House Reassures Everyone This Will Still Be The Most Transparent Administration Ever™

By: Wednesday March 18, 2015 10:48 am

The White House does not want any transparency advocates, journalists or concerned citizens to think a White House office’s decision to delete its Freedom of Information Act regulations signals any particular shift by the administration. President Barack Obama’s administration will still be the “most transparent administration in history.” USA Today reported on March 16 that [...]

Rahm Emanuel Fails to Show Up for Meeting with Families of Victims Killed by Chicago Police

By: Tuesday March 17, 2015 10:07 am

Over a week ago, on March 5, families of loved ones killed by Chicago police officers held a press conference and demanded a meeting with Mayor Rahm Emanuel. They requested that he address the issue of police violence. His office scheduled a meeting for March 16 in the early afternoon. However, when multiple families impacted [...]

US Government Classifies Term “America’s Battle Lab’ in War on Terror” in Pentagon Report

By: Sunday March 15, 2015 8:09 pm

The Department of Defense, after consultation with the CIA, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Defense Intelligence Agency, has released via Mandatory Declassification Request an heavily censored copy of a 2002 Pentagon study of intelligence operations at Guantanamo. DoD and its “consultants” have seen fit to classify material that was already made public during a much-reported Senate investigation, including the controversial assertion that interrogations at Guantanamo constituted an experimental “battle lab” for treatment of and interrogations on prisoners captured in the administration’s newly-minted “global war on terror.”

Private Contractor “Deliberately Ignored Medical Needs” of Kentucky Inmate: Lawsuit

By: Saturday March 14, 2015 12:39 pm

In a lawsuit filed on February 24th, the mother of Brandon Clint Hacker claims that a “continuing policy, pattern, custom and/or practice of … willfully and deliberately ignoring the medical needs of inmates of the Jail” contributed to the death of her 35-year-old son at Kentucky’s Madison County Detention Center (MCDC).

How Many Black Lives Matter Protests Have the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force Helped Police Track?

By: Friday March 13, 2015 10:51 am

A supervisor with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force office in Minneapolis, Minnesota, helped police monitor a Black Lives Matter protest last December. The Intercept obtained an email from a St. Paul police officer and FBI JTTF member, David S. Langfellow, which informed a Bloomington police officer that a “confidential human source” has “confirmed” the [...]

Former Member of Pinochet’s Secret Police, Accused of Torture & Murder, Taught for Pentagon for 12 Years

By: Thursday March 12, 2015 5:32 pm

A member of Chilean dictator’s Augusto Pinochet’s secret police, who is implicated in executions and torture that occurred weeks after a United States-backed coup in 1973, taught at a Pentagon university for thirteen years. But, in spite of allegations, State Department and Pentagon officials allowed him to hold a visa and teach in the US, [...]

State Department One of Worst Agencies When It Comes to Freedom of Information Act

By: Wednesday March 11, 2015 11:38 am

Former secretary of state and closeted 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has asked the State Department to review her emails for release. But the State Department is one of the worst performing agencies when it comes to the Freedom of Information Act. It could be years before individuals and media organizations obtain the records [...]

Lawsuit: Corizon Doctor Tells New York City Inmate to Throw Severed Finger in Garbage

By: Sunday March 8, 2015 12:32 pm

On January 26, 2015, Rudolph Richardson sued the city of New York, prison healthcare contractor Corizon Health Services and Dr. Landis Barnes for allegedly delaying and denying him emergency medical care following an incident in which his cell door slammed shut on his fingers. According to the complaint filed in the District Court of the [...]

Paying Tribute to Albert Maysles, a Humanitarian and the Godfather of Documentary

By: Friday March 6, 2015 9:35 pm

The godfather of documentary filmmaking, Albert Maysles, has died at the age of 88. He directed the well-known documentary classics Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter and Salesman. Maysles and his brother, David, pioneered cinema vérité or what is commonly known as truthful cinema. As a cinematographer and director, he sought to produce films that put viewers [...]

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