US Military Now Keeping All Information on Hunger Striking Prisoners at Guantanamo Secret

By: Thursday December 5, 2013 10:48 am

For over eight months, more than ten prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have been on hunger strike. The hunger strike steadily grew to include over 100 prisoners until July, when the number involved in the strike started to drop. It may have been a result of forced feeding with a tube which the facility was using [...]

Justice Department Sued for Refusing to Release Secret Legal Opinions

By: Wednesday August 28, 2013 11:01 am

A nonprofit organization has sued the United States Justice Department in order to force the release of legal opinions that have been used to justify a number of questionable policies, but which the Department has refused to release. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), an organization that describes itself as being committed to [...]

Obama Admits 4 US Citizens Killed by Drones, Deaths of Those Not Targeted Left Unexplained

By: Wednesday May 22, 2013 6:11 pm

(update 1 & 2) Ahead of a major speech on counterterrorism policies tomorrow, the administration of President Barack Obama has officially declassified information related to drone strikes against four American citizens and also acknowledged for the first time that they were killed by the United States. A letter sent to members of the Senate Judiciary [...]

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, [...]

NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake on the US Secrecy State as Predator of the First Amendment

By: Sunday March 17, 2013 11:53 am

National Security Agency whistleblower Thomas Drake delivered a speech at the National Press Club luncheon on March 15. He addressed the “long shadow of government secrecy” that increasingly “obscures the view of democracy in our constitutional republic or what’s left of it.” Video of the entire speech given during the luncheon appears at the top [...]

White House Still Disingenuously Presents Release of Visitor Logs to Public as Transparency Achievement

By: Friday March 15, 2013 1:02 pm

The administration of President Barack Obama, when boasting about Obama’s record on openness and transparency, regularly cites how it is now releasing White House visitor logs. It has been an “achievement” the administration explicitly mentions during Sunshine Week, a week where journalists and open government advocates celebrate transparency in government. During an event this week, [...]

Targeted Killings & the Right to Know When Your Government Can Kill You

By: Thursday March 14, 2013 12:18 pm

The notion that any presidential administration or Executive Branch agency can keep secret official interpretations of the law is indefensible. A few members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives understand this and are pushing to find out information about President Barack Obama’s targeted killing program that the public has a right to [...]

Major US Federal Agencies Not Obeying Freedom of Information Law

By: Wednesday March 13, 2013 6:51 pm

A government-wide audit done by the independent non-governmental National Security Archive indicates a majority of federal agencies have not updated their Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulations to comply with legislation, which became law in 2007, or President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder’s policy changes in 2009. Thomas Blanton, the director of the [...]

Obama Administration Excludes National Security Policies from Commitment to Transparency

By: Wednesday March 13, 2013 10:59 am

A chief counselor for the White House’s Open Government Partnership spoke at a Sunshine Week event on Monday and declared, “President Obama understands our government’s obligation to serve the American people to the best of our ability. He has made clear that citizens deserve accountability, and the opportunity to participate in their government – and [...]

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