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 [...]

Independent Journalists Lead Way in Covering and Bringing Transparency to Bradley Manning’s Court Martial

By: Monday March 4, 2013 11:40 am

Whenever members of the US media have heard Pfc. Bradley Manning is about to testify or make some kind of statement in military court at Fort Meade, where his court martial is taking place, the press pool has ballooned. Suddenly, many media organizations want to cover pretrial proceedings in this historic case. This happened again [...]

US Army Makes Bradley Manning Court Martial Bit Less Secretive to Avert First Amendment Ruling

By: Wednesday February 27, 2013 6:42 pm

Frequently throughout the long and drawn out process that has become the court martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, reporters covering proceedings have complained or expressed frustration about the lack of access to court records. But, finally, the military has decided to allow a smidgen of transparency in the court martial to possibly avoid a major [...]

Obama to Give Information on Benghazi to Republicans to Avoid Sharing Drone Memos with Senators

By: Thursday February 21, 2013 10:20 am

President Barack Obama’s administration, according to the New York Times, is reportedly in talks with Republicans on providing more information on the attack on a US diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. Administration officials hope this will secure enough votes so John Brennan can be confirmed to the position of CIA chief without the administration having [...]

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