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 [...]

Waning Commitment to Government Transparency Evident in Obama’s ‘State of the Union’ Speeches

By: Wednesday February 13, 2013 4:34 pm

In President Barack Obama’s first days as president, he pledged to have his administration create an “unprecedented level of openness in government.” His chief of staff, Jack Lew, has contended the administration is the “most transparent administration ever.” At a rally in 2010, he told the public, “We have put in place the toughest ethics [...]

Group Launched to Support WikiLeaks, Transparency Journalism Reports Incredible Success

By: Monday February 4, 2013 2:00 pm

A foundation dedicated to promoting and funding transparency journalism, which launched on December 16, has concluded its first round of funding for organizations. It has enjoyed incredible success and found there are a lot of people who want to support this kind of an organization. The Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF) raised nearly $200,000 for [...]

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 [...]

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