Judge Rules Against ACLU, Fails to Resolve Issue of US Marshals Seizing ‘StingRay’ Surveillance Records

By: Wednesday June 18, 2014 12:08 pm

A city circuit judge dismissed a lawsuit seeking applications to the Florida state court and the state court’s orders, approving the use of “StingRay” devices capable of surveillance of entire communities. But the judge did not resolve the issue of the United States Marshals Service seizing copies of records from the Sarasota Police Department so [...]

Chicago Police Sued for Acting in ‘Bad Faith’ By Failing to Provide ‘Stingray’ Surveillance Records

By: Tuesday June 10, 2014 4:13 pm

The Chicago Police Department is being sued for acting in “bad faith” and “willfully and intentionally” failing to provide records on the use of “Stingray” surveillance devices to track and locate cell phones. Freddy Martinez submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Chicago Police Department on March 22. He received an acknowledgment [...]

Media Organizations Challenge Secrecy Around Execution Drugs for Lethal Injections

By: Thursday May 15, 2014 4:12 pm

Five media organizations are challenging Missouri’s Department of Corrections, which is keeping critical information about execution drugs that are being used for lethal injections secret. The Guardian, the Associated Press, and three of the largest newspapers in Missouri, The Kansas City Star, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Springfield News-Leader, have all reported on the death [...]

‘Most Transparent Administration Ever™’—Obama Administration Makes Mockery of Open Government

By: Monday March 17, 2014 9:33 am

Days after President Barack Obama’s inauguration, he pledged to have his administration create an “unprecedented level of openness in government.” Then-chief of staff, Jack Lew, later contended the administration was the “most transparent administration ever.” At a rally in 2010, Obama told the public, “We have put in place the toughest ethics laws and toughest transparency rules of any administration in [...]

Declassified History Provides Remarkable Look at NSA Operations During the Cold War

By: Thursday September 26, 2013 11:40 am

A National Security Agency history of intelligence activities during the Cold War has been further declassified. For the first time, the names of a few of the people who were on a watch list operated by the NSA have not been withheld. The history also contains various details that are exceptionally relevant to the debate [...]

Supreme Court Affirms Constitution Doesn’t Guarantee Citizens Access to Public Information

By: Tuesday April 30, 2013 10:57 am

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Monday that Virginia did not have to grant access to public records in the state to non-residents of Virginia under the state’s freedom of information law. The decision, according to SCOTUSblog, did not break any new ground. It did not “rely upon any sweeping new legal declaration, but simply [...]

Court Rejects Justice Department Effort to Enshrine Catch-22 into Freedom of Information Law

By: Wednesday April 3, 2013 11:19 am

A federal appeals court in Washington, DC, rebuffed a clear attempt by the United States Justice Department to further pervert the Freedom of Information Act process. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) sued the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on May 24, 2011, when it failed to produce documents on individuals at the FEC, [...]

Public Comments on Keystone XL Pipeline to Be Kept Secret by State Department

By: Thursday March 28, 2013 5:44 pm

A Web-based electronic docket is setup for public comments on the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline before the State Department makes the final decision on whether to approve the project. But, the comments themselves are not going to be available online for the public to access and read, according to John Cushman of Inside [...]

First Female Head of CIA’s Clandestine Service Signed Off on Destruction of Torture Tapes

By: Wednesday March 27, 2013 11:38 am

One week before John Brennan assumed office as CIA director, a woman was put in charge of the CIA’s clandestine service. It was the first time in the history of the agency that a female officer was running the agency. But, according to the Washington Post, the officer was one of two CIA officers, who signed [...]

Who Are the Guantanamo Prisoners Not Being Prosecuted But Who the Obama Administration Refuses to Release?

By: Tuesday March 26, 2013 5:43 pm

A journalist for the Miami Herald, who has been diligently covering Guantanamo Bay prison and those being held there in detention, has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking the names of prisoners who are not being prosecuted yet have not been cleared for release. Carol Rosenberg submitted a FOIA request on December [...]

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