System of Classification for Information Enables Corruption, Increases Likelihood of Leaks

By: Monday December 17, 2012 12:11 pm

The Cold War system of classifying and declassifying information held by United States government agencies is “overly complex,” “keeps too many secrets” for too long and obstructs information sharing inside government and with the public, according to a report produced by a board of individuals that President Barack Obama ordered on classified information. As part [...]

The Washington Post on the Most Transparent Administration Ever™

By: Saturday August 4, 2012 10:58 am

The Washington Post has published an article on an analysis of annual reports from government agencies the Post did, which is further proof—despite President Barack Obama’s promise of unprecedented transparency in government—he has presided over a government that in some ways is more secretive than ever before. The newspaper looked at his commitment to seemingly enhance the [...]

Revisiting CIA Torture on International Day of Support for Victims

By: Tuesday June 26, 2012 8:33 pm

“Every day, women, men and children are tortured or ill-treated with the intention of destroying their sense of dignity and human worth,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared. He called on countries to “provide concrete support for victims of torture and prove their commitment to fighting a cruel and dehumanizing practice that remains pervasive.” The [...]

Interview With Truthout’s Jason Leopold on His Report on Abu Zubaydah’s Brother

By: Friday June 1, 2012 3:41 pm

On Tuesday, Truthout’s Jason Leopold published a comprehensive and detailed investigative report on the “other Abu Zubaydah.” The report covered the brother of the high-profile terror suspect still being held at Guantanamo, whose name is Hesham. It highlighted how Leopold had discovered Hesham was living in the United States and had been in the US [...]

The Defense Department’s ‘Systematic Disregard’ for Whistleblowers

By: Monday May 7, 2012 12:48 pm

A nonprofit watchdog group, the Project on Government Oversight (POGO), obtained a report through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that concludes officials in the Defense Department’s Office of Inspector General are guilty of “persistent sloppiness and a systematic disregard for Pentagon rules meant to protect those who report fraud, abuses, and the waste [...]

Protesters, Rights Groups Request Information on NYPD’s Response to Occupy Wall Street

By: Thursday April 19, 2012 11:59 am

Protesters from Occupy Wall Street and attorneys from civil and human rights groups filed a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request for information on the policies the New York Police Department (NYPD) is using and has used to control and handle Occupy demonstrations since the movement grew in Zuccotti Park last September. The submitted request [...]

DHS Official’s Precocious Congratulation on Handling of Occupy Movement

By: Wednesday March 21, 2012 6:46 pm

Hundreds of records from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on how department officials responded to Occupy Wall Street and the larger Occupy movement were published by the independent news website Truthout today. The records obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request contain many nuggets that show how Homeland Security was conscious of [...]

House Committee Hearing on Improving the Freedom of Information Act (Live Blog)

By: Wednesday March 21, 2012 2:12 pm

UPDATE – 3:07 PM Due to technical difficulties on the House committee website, I am unable to view this hearing. Therefore, I cannot live blog the hearing and report on the testimony. I will NOT be live blogging. If the issues with the website are worked out, I may post a quick report on the [...]

Challenging the CIA’s Withholding of Records on Drone Killings

By: Monday March 19, 2012 4:47 pm

(update below) The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) continued its challenge against the CIA’s withholding of information on the agency’s use of drones to carry out “targeted killings.” As part of an ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, an appeal was filed on March 15. The ACLU’s appeal argues the case centers on whether it [...]

Live Blog: Senate Committee Hearing on Freedom of Information Act

By: Tuesday March 13, 2012 9:36 am

12:22 PM EST In case I do not get around to posting a formal story on Ensminger’s remarks here is what Ensminger said that was of tremendous importance and had to do with extreme secrecy encountered in trying to expose the truth on water contamination at Camp Lejeune. He talked about watching his daughter die [...]

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