FBI Ordered by Judge to Release Files on Surveillance & Infiltration of Muslim Communities, Including Mosques

By: Tuesday March 24, 2015 10:58 am

The FBI has effectively been ordered to release numerous files on surveillance against Muslim communities in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, including infiltration of mosques. Judge Richard Seeborg of the Northern District of California found the FBI could not invoke a “law enforcement” exemption in the Freedom of Information Act, which is commonly [...]

Judge Orders Thousands of Detainee Abuse Photos to Be Disclosed After US Government Fails to Justify Secrecy

By: Friday March 20, 2015 5:02 pm

A federal district court judge will no longer accept the United States government’s secrecy arguments and has ruled that it must release thousands of photographs of detainee abuse and torture in Afghanistan and Iraq, including inhumane treatment at Abu Ghraib prison. The government is “required to disclose each and all the photographs responsive” to the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Judge Decides FBI, Justice Department May Keep Records on Investigation Into WikiLeaks Secret

By: Wednesday March 4, 2015 7:27 pm

A federal judge has determined the government does not have to release records related to its investigation into WikiLeaks. The judge indicated the court was “persuaded” there is a “criminal investigation.” The government had provided “sufficient specificity” as to the investigation’s status and a “sufficient explanation as to why the investigation is of long-term duration.” [...]

Former NSA Director’s Favorite Blogger Was Invited to Give Constitution Day Speech at NSA

By: Wednesday February 25, 2015 9:25 am

The National Security Agency marked Constitution Day in September by inviting one of the United States national security state’s most favorite bloggers, Benjamin Wittes, who is the editor-in-chief of Lawfare, to give a speech. The address was made even more remarkable by the fact that Wittes had intended to post his unclassified speech soon after but was [...]

How DEA Keeps Defendants in the Dark on Role Intelligence Agencies Play in Their Prosecution

By: Tuesday February 3, 2015 4:11 pm

Drug Enforcement Agency training guides reveal details about how law enforcement agencies go about concealing how evidence from intelligence agencies may have been used to prosecute a person. They show how DEA agents, law enforcement and prosecutors cooperate together to essentially sidestep constraints created by the United States Constitution and statutory requirements for open and [...]

Podcast: Jason Leopold on Guantanamo & Prying Loose Documents from ‘Most Transparent Administration Ever™’

By: Sunday February 1, 2015 11:43 am

A military memo shows that that personnel at Guantanamo recognized that force-feeding Guantanamo prisoners on hunger strike violated medical ethics and international law. Jason Leopold, a VICE News journalist, reported on the document, which he obtained, and explained it could be important in the case of a Navy nurse, who refused to force-feed at least [...]

‘Plan C’: Released Documents Show How the FBI Prepared for World War III During Cold War

By: Wednesday January 28, 2015 6:56 pm

The existence of “Plan C,” a Cold War plan to be carried out in the event of a nuclear attack, has been publicly known since 1956. There would be a “general mobilization” if an attack occurred but not on the United States itself. But documents obtained by Muck Rock provide a fuller picture of how [...]

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