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Parallel Construction: Unconstitutional NSA Searches Deny Due Process

Peter Van Buren | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

A lot of attention Post-Snowden has been paid to what the NSA does-- vacuum up emails, listen in on Skype chats and so forth. Too little attention has been devoted to what is done with the information NSA collects.

Dents in the 'Golden Shield': The CIA's Conflict of Interest in Classifying Medical Evidence of Torture

Katherine Hawkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Katherine Hawkins

Last week, military commission attorneys for the defendants in the September 11 trial asked President Obama to declassify evidence of their clients' torture in CIA custody.

The Etiquette of War and Surveillance

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

We've called on an old and knowledgeable friend, Colonel Manners (ret.). His assignment: to answer letters from Americans puzzled by the etiquette, manners, and language of the arcane national security world of Washington.

Obama Reportedly Orders Release Of Syria Documents

CBS News | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics

Obama ordered a declassified report be prepared for public release before any military strike commences. That report, top advisers tell CBS News, is d...

Freedom of Information Act Now Classified

Jerome Halligan | Posted 10.26.2013 | Comedy
Jerome Halligan

Also classified is Obama's "Transparency and Open Government" memo of 2009, and H.R. 553, The Reducing Over-Classification Act.

Defense Lawyers in 9/11 Case Face Huge Hurdles

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 10.21.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Defense lawyers representing the five co-defendants in what may be the most important trial in U.S. history are subjected to unprecedented restrictions on the ability to communicate with their clients that would be unheard-of in a regular federal court.

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.

The Sunshine Presidency Takes History to a Dark Place

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

President Obama hit the Oval Office and ordered State "to complete the processing of the backlog of 25-year-old records awaiting declassification by the end of December 2013." Didn't happen, of course. And that, it turns out, is the least of it.

Government Secrecy and the Nation's Security

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Government secrecy is presumptively illegitimate. But note the word "presumptively." Government secrecy is presumptively, but not absolutely, illegitimate. Despite the grave dangers of government secrecy, there are undoubtedly circumstances in which secrecy is essential.

11 Secret Documents Americans Deserve to See

David Wallechinsky | Posted 02.09.2013 | Politics
David Wallechinsky

Many documents produced by the U.S. government are confidential and not released to the public for legitimate reasons of national security. Others, however, are kept secret for more questionable reasons.

No CIA Prosecutions: the Cover-up Continues

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 10.31.2012 | World
Daphne Eviatar

It's not clear what national security interest is served at this point by continuing to hide what U.S. officials did to people detained after the September 11 attacks, other than to avoid U.S. embarrassment.

Everything Is Secret, So Don't Bother Asking

William Astore | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics
William Astore

Classification is important; state secrets do need to be guarded. But more important than classification is government transparency. Classification in a democracy must be used judiciously and sparingly, else democracy itself is imperiled.

That Makes No Sense! Your Security's a Joke (And You're the Butt of It)

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In the years since the 9/11 attacks, the Complex has made itself, if nothing else, utterly secure, and paranoia has been its closest companion. A superstructure of "security" has been endlessly expanded based largely on the fear that terrorists will do you harm.

As House Hears Testimony on National Security Leaks, Time is Ripe to Examine Impact of Wikileaks

R. Kyle Alagood | Posted 09.12.2012 | New York
R. Kyle Alagood

Instead of trying to clamp down on massive amounts of information by keeping it secret, we need to focus resources on keeping only legitimate secrets. As a country founded on openness and innovation, we should learn from Wiki Leaks.

Need to Be Responsible

Abraham R. Wagner | Posted 08.11.2012 | Politics
Abraham R. Wagner

Those who are willing to do leak sensitive material just to get their man re-elected need to appreciate they are putting the nation's vital interests in jeopardy, and losing the support of our allies in the process.

Secrets and More (Government) Secrets

Elizabeth Goitein | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics
Elizabeth Goitein

Overclassification actually threatens national security by limiting the sharing of information among officials and agencies. More fundamentally, overclassification undermines the critical ingredient for a well-functioning democracy: an informed citizenry.

Clamp-down on Free Press... From Winners of Freedom!

David Tereshchuk | Posted 01.31.2012 | World
David Tereshchuk

South Africa's media are among the most vibrant and adventurous in the world. Currently, though, journalists in this still-young democracy, the so-called Rainbow Nation, appear to be living in a state of shock and outrage.

Hayley Miller

4.2 Million Have Access To Classified Information

HuffingtonPost.com | Hayley Miller | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than 4.2 million people have access to classified government information, with more than 1 million holding top secret clearances. T...

Lee Speigel

Ex-U.K. UFO Project Chief Apologizes For 'Spin And Dirty Tricks'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lee Speigel | Posted 10.17.2011 | Weird News

As the British National Archives continues to release UFO-related documents, the former Ministry of Defense (MoD) UFO Project chief is openly admittin...

Lee Speigel

Does Anyone Really Care Why Australia's UFO Files Went Missing?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lee Speigel | Posted 11.27.2011 | Weird News

In case you missed this little item in the news, it appears that Australia's military has somehow misplaced its “X-Files" -- official records of UFO...

WikiLeaks Documents: World Leaders, Nations React To Cablegate (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Though WikiLeaks' unprecedented release of U.S. classified documents has proved embarrassing both to U.S. leaders and their foreign counterparts, the ...

WikiLeaks: Hossein Ghanbarzadeh Vahedi, 75-Year-Old U.S. Dentist Who Fled Iran On Horseback, Revealed

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The barrage of State Department documents released by online whistleblower WikiLeaks have sparked international outrage, but a closer look also unveil...

Leaders SLAMMED In WikiLeaks Wires: Which Slip Stings Most?

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WikiLeaks' unprecedented release of classified material is embarrassing U.S. leaders and their foreign counterparts alike, with unflattering and often...

WikiLeaks Didn't Just Happen -- It Exists Because Journalists Lost Control Over the Information They Obtain

Peter Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Peter Scheer

As long as serious news organizations are unable to protect confidential sources and information, they will need WikiLeaks -- just as WikiLeaks needs them.

The Secrecy State

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

In our otherwise financially bankrupt society, where we can afford virtually nothing that actually helps people, money is no object in the Secrecy State, described by the Washington Post a in harrowing tale of government gone wild.