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Interview With Betty Medsger, Author Of The Burglary

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This was a historic burglary, to put it mildly. It was also the first time modern newspapers were faced with the ethical question of whether to publish news stories which had as their sole source stolen government documents that arrived anonymously in the mail.

Before Snowden, Before Wikileaks, Before the Church Committee, Before Deep Throat, Before The Pentagon Papers... There Was The Burglary

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Forty-three years ago this month, an obscure branch office of the Federal Bureau of Investigations located in a Philadelphia suburb was burgled. All their files were stolen (being 1971, these files were all on paper) and whisked away to a secret hideout, then they were sorted and sent to the media.

Obama Administration Cites 'National Security' More Than Ever To Censor, Deny Records

AP | JACK GILLUM and TED BRIDIS | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration more often than ever censored government files or outright denied access to them last year under the U.S....

USDA: Time to Stop the Chicken Industry From Boiling Birds Alive

Bruce Friedrich | Posted 03.03.2014 | Green
Bruce Friedrich

That's right: The agency charged with enforcing the Humane Slaughter Act refuses to enforce it for more than 98 percent of slaughtered animals.

The Government Shutdown Hurt Thousands Of Immigration Cases

AP | AMY TAXIN | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The federal government shutdown last year delayed more than 37,000 immigration hearings by months or years for immigrants already...

Honduras: The Secrecy Law

Marco Cáceres | Posted 03.30.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

When the National Congress, under the leadership of Juan Orlando Hernández, arbitrarily voted on December 12, 2012 to dismiss four of the 15 Supreme ...

How Freedom of Information Can Protect Animals

Stephen Wells | Posted 03.29.2014 | Green
Stephen Wells

People have a right to information that may impact their choices and assures that the government and private entities are following the law. We can't act if we don't know, and knowledge gives us the power to act.

U.S. Navy Mistakenly Emails Reporter Plans To Dodge FOIA Requests

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Navy has apologized for mistakenly sending Washington television reporter Scott MacFarlane an internal email plotting ways to d...

JPMorgan, Fed Battled Over Controversial Business

Reuters | Posted 01.27.2014 | Business

By David Sheppard and Josephine Mason LONDON/NEW YORK, Nov 27 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve was pressing JPMorgan Chase & Co to dist...

US Court Denies Halt on Pipeline Set to Replace Keystone XL Northern Half

Steve Horn | Posted 01.24.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

That 600-mile long, 600,000 barrels per day proposed line runs from Flanagan, Illinois - located in the north central part of the state -- down to Cushing, Oklahoma, dubbed the "pipeline crossroads of the world."

Should the Government Be Punished When It Lies to the Courts?

Ahilan Arulanantham | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics
Ahilan Arulanantham

Should the government be allowed to lie to the courts in the name of national security? This is the question that judges on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will have to consider in the next few weeks.

Ryan J. Reilly

Official Who Leaked Obama's Aunt's Immigration Status Thought Americans Had 'A Right To Know'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An Immigration and Customs Enforcement official admitted he tipped off a reporter that Barack Obama’s aunt was undocumented just four ...

Osama Bin Laden Photos Case Could Be Headed To Supreme Court

Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics

A conservative group suing the government to obtain photos taken of Osama bin Laden's dead body is taking its case to the Supreme Court. An appeals...

Tax Analysts v. Internal Revenue Service

Christopher Bergin | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics
Christopher Bergin

About a week ago I wrote a post, which noted that although Tax Analysts has been involved in various litigation with the IRS for more than 40 years, we were not founded to sue the IRS. Well, we just sued the IRS. Hypocritical? Not at all.

Did The EPA Try To Skirt Public Disclosure Requirements?

AP | By FREDERIC J. FROMMER | Posted 10.15.2013 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge says the Environmental Protection Agency's use of personal email accounts may have been aimed at skirting public d...

Does New Policy Protect Intelligence Whistleblowers?

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

Whistleblowers can't be expected to make internal disclosures without credible protections. PPD-19 is a promising step towards a more accountable intelligence community.

Obama State Department Admits It Doesn't Know Keystone XL's Exact Route

Steve Horn | Posted 09.08.2013 | Green
Steve Horn

These are important questions that Secretary Kerry, and ultimately President Obama, must answer. The fact that neither man has any clue where TransCanada intends to place the Keystone XL pipeline is a troubling revelation that demands immediate and thorough scrutiny.

Files About Bin Laden Raid Hidden From The Public

AP | RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The nation's top special operations commander ordered military files about the Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden's hideout to be purged ...

Internal Opposition to U.S. Foreign Policy More Effective than Most People Think

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

Several years ago I had lunch with a U.S. government official who told me about a trip that I had taken, that almost nobody knew about. I didn't have ...

Radley Balko

How Government Secrecy Undermines Government's Ability To Keep Secrets

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 06.27.2013 | Politics

Edward Snowden's leaks about National Security Administration monitoring Internet activity and the collection of metadata from cell phone calls are th...

Supreme Court Says FOIA Requests Can Be Blocked By States

AP | JESSE J. HOLLAND | Posted 06.29.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that it's legal for a state to limit use of its Freedom of Information Act to its own residents. Th...

Court Rejects CIA's Alice-in-Wonderland Defense of Drone Secrecy

Ari Melber | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Ari Melber

A federal appeals court rebuffed the Obama administration's drone policy on Friday, ruling that the CIA stretched its considerable secrecy powers "too far." The stinging decision may be the biggest news in the war on terror that you've never heard about.

Ryan J. Reilly

Court Finds It Not 'Plausible' That CIA Has No Role In Drone Strikes

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court has reversed a lower court's decision that dismissed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the CIA, rulin...

Obama 'Openness' Pledge Falls Flat

AP | JACK GILLUM and TED BRIDIS | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration answered more requests from the public to see government records under the Freedom of Information Act last year...

Ryan J. Reilly

DOJ: John Brennan Didn't Officially Disclose CIA Drones Program

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- John Brennan, President Barack Obama's nominee to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency, didn't officially acknowledge the CIA'...