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Government Secrecy

"Transparent" Politicians? We Can See Right Through It!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 11.14.2015 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

When the Capitol Dome becomes the Cone of Silence...

Real Democracy Promotion: Lord Acton and Tom Clancy vs John Yoo

Coleen Rowley | Posted 06.01.2015 | World
Coleen Rowley

With its omnipresent surveillance, the U.S. government began aggressively targeting and prosecuting whistleblowers and other sources, putting renowned journalists and publishers worldwide directly or incidentally in their surveillance crosshairs.

Intelligence Gathering, Secrecy and the Congress Problem

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

The question before the court of appeals was whether the collection of this enormous database is "relevant" to an "authorized investigation." The problem is that the word "relevant" is ambiguous. In the section 215 telephone metadata program, however, the massive amount of information collected is not, at the time it is collected, "relevant" to any particular suspected terrorist or suspected terrorist plot.

Why We Need Persistent Questioning About Civilian Deaths By Drones

Priya Satia | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Priya Satia

Before Nepal and Baltimore seized headlines, news that a CIA drone strike mistakenly killed an innocent American hostage in January momentarily energized our meager debate on drones. It is time for us, as Americans, to exercise our responsibility as citizens and take control of the debate.

Neil Patrick Harris's Edward Snowden Joke: Far From Funny

Tom F. Driver | Posted 04.25.2015 | Media
Tom F. Driver

The host of the awards has no place contradicting the view of a documentary filmmaker who has just spoken eloquently of the subject of her film.

Matt Sledge

CIA Doesn't Think It's Keeping Too Many Secrets | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics

The CIA is locked in an epic battle with the Senate over how much information about its George W. Bush-era torture tactics should be released. Senator...

Judge Puts 9/11 Case Back Together Again

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 10.13.2014 | World
Daphne Eviatar

After unexpectedly deciding to split the 9/11 case into two trials last month, a military commission judge reversed himself and decided on Wednesday to put the severed case back together again. At least for now.

A Deadly Secret: States Refuse to Share the Source of Lethal Injection Drugs in Executions

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 09.27.2014 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

A botched execution also erodes public confidence because it means that something went wrong with the very process of death, which we have entrusted to our leaders. When a government hides information such as the source of drugs used in lethal injection, it erodes the public trust.

Too Much Secrecy in Gitmo Trials

Jeremy Carp | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Jeremy Carp

Though improved in some respects, the revived commissions are still characterized by a startling level of secrecy. In an effort to conceal details of defendants' torture while in CIA custody, the government has designed the commissions to prevent defense teams from obtaining or publicly discussing information about the torture program.

CIA Keeps A Tight Grip On Its Own Secrets

AP | STEPHEN BRAUN | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA does not give up its secrets easily. Under pressure from a Senate committee to declassify parts of a congressional report ...

Casting Sunlight on Secret Government and Its Contractors

Ralph Nader | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Unfortunately, despite lofty initial campaign promises by the Obama administration, widespread government secrecy has only worsened in recent years and access to information by journalists and activists is disturbingly limited.

Time for Full Disclosure of CIA Interrogations

David Schanzer | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
David Schanzer

Our nation needs an effective and unburdened CIA, a restoration of trust between the branches of government, and an opportunity to reassert our moral leadership internationally in pursuit of a more just and peaceful world. To do this, secrecy about the mistakes of the past must end.

Matt Sledge

Intelligence Agencies Won't Release Reports On Excessive Secrecy | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.31.2014 | Politics

A little more than three years ago, Congress passed a law ordering the nation's top intelligence agencies to review their classification procedures. T...

In Wake of Snowden, US Must Strengthen Commitment to Openness

Danielle Brian | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Danielle Brian

On Thursday, the White House released a preview of its second National Action Plan for the international Open Government Partnership. The plan is silent on the critical reforms needed to address some of the most troubling areas of secrecy.

Letter to an Unknown Whistleblower

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

You will be denounced as a traitor, a defector, a criminal, and your acts called treasonous, even if you're one of the last hopes of the American republic.

12 Years Later, 9/11 Accused's Protests Not So Surprising

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 11.16.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

The ability of the defendants to meet with their defense counsel is extremely limited. It's not so surprising that, when warned that "failure to meet with and cooperate with your defense counsel may negatively affect the presentation of your case," the accused men might object.

Government Agencies Foster Unfair Economic Advantages

Alika Parks | Posted 11.09.2013 | Hawaii
Alika Parks

Whether you applaud his efforts in casting a light on the dark inner workings of the uber-secret NSA and their surveillance apparatus, or if you feel that he deserves the special moniker of 'terrorist' for shining such a light, either position glosses over a problematic issue that hasn't been brought up to my knowledge and needs to be addressed, at least to those concerned with some semblance of fair play in our U.S. economy.

Military Commission Still Stuck on Secrecy

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 10.20.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

It's amazing that 12 years after the September 11 terrorist attacks, the military commission at Guantanamo is still trying to figure out what is or isn't classified, how to handle it and the procedures for prosecutors to provide documents relevant to the case to defense lawyers.

9/11 Defense Lawyers Claim Judge's Order Conflicts With Convention Against Torture

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 10.19.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Lawyers for defendants in the 9/11 case claim they cannot accept a military judge's order preventing their clients from speaking about their treatment in U.S. custody because it would violate their clients' rights under the United Nations Convention Against Torture.

Who Are US Drones Killing in Yemen -- and Why?

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 10.09.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

President Obama, at his pre-vacation press conference Friday, promised more "transparency" on U.S. government surveillance programs. But he made no mention of the need for more information about who our government is secretly killing abroad.

Unlike Media, Public More Concerned About Spying Snowden Exposed Than Secrets He Leaked

Edward Wasserman | Posted 09.23.2013 | Media
Edward Wasserman

It's unwise to put too much weight on polls, but a recent survey on the Edward Snowden affair suggests better judgment among the general public than our usual opinion leaders have been able to muster.

The Classic Military Runaround

Nick Turse | Posted 09.07.2013 | Media
Nick Turse

Whether I'm trying to figure out what the U.S. military is doing in Latin America or Africa, Afghanistan or Qatar, the response is remarkably uniform -- obstruction and obfuscation, hurdles and hindrances.

Prosecutors Complain 9/11 Case Taking Too Long After Waiting 10 Years to Prosecute

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 09.02.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Talk about chutzpah. In a motion unsealed this week in the case of the five co-defendants accused of masterminding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, prosecutors have told the judge he's moving the case along too slowly and needs to speed things up.

The Dictionary of the Global War on You

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

U.S. Constitution: A revered piece of paper that no one pays much actual attention to any more, especially if it interferes with American safety from terrorism.

The Duty of Lawyers

Ralph Nader | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Ralph Nader

The million-plus practicing lawyers and their many bar organizations should be on the ramparts defending against the insidious rejection of due process, probable cause, habeas corpus and privacy.