Obama Administration’s Announcement About US Drone Strike Shows It Doesn’t Know Who Drones Are Killing

By: Thursday April 23, 2015 3:44 pm

President Barack Obama’s administration announced that a US drone strike, which targeted an “al Qaeda-associated compound” in January, killed two hostages in Pakistan. One of the hostages was an American contractor named Dr. Warren Weinstein, the other an Italian named Giovani Lo Porto. Weinstein was a USAID contractor and Lo Porto was an aid worker. [...]

Despite Changes, US Government Still Unwilling to Provide Meaningful Information to Americans Put on No Fly List

By: Wednesday April 15, 2015 10:00 am

The United States government will now inform US citizens placed on the No Fly List whether they have, in fact, been put on the No Fly List and possibly some details related to the basis for the listing. But an attorney for an American challenging the government’s No Fly List authority has suggested that the [...]

Obama Administration Improperly Claims Secrecy Power Over Videos of Former Guantanamo Prisoner’s Force-Feeding

By: Thursday April 2, 2015 11:43 am

President Barack Obama’s administration claims that the executive branch alone may decide whether to disclose previously classified videos of the force-feeding of a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner—even though the videos are judicial records and a judge should be able to unseal and release them to the public. On October 3, 2014, a federal district court [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

David Petraeus’ Sweetheart Plea Deal for Leaking ‘Black Books’ with Names of Covert Agents to His Biographer

By: Tuesday March 3, 2015 6:26 pm

Former CIA director and military general David Petraeus improperly possessed “Black Books” containing the identities of covert officers, war strategy, intelligence capabilities and other classified information, including notes from his discussions with President Barack Obama. He provided his biographer, Paula Broadwell, access to these books after she asked to use them as source material. He [...]

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 [...]

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