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Matt Sledge

CIA Doesn't Think It's Keeping Too Many Secrets

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Watch Lists and the First and Fourth Amendments

Peter Van Buren | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Ray McGovern was put on the State Department's Diplomatic Security Be On the Look Out list-- one of a series of proliferating government watch lists. What he did to end up on Diplomatic Security's dangerous persons list and how he got off the list are a tale of our era, Post-Constitutional America.

Matt Sledge

Government Invokes 'Privacy' Exemption To Conceal Secrets

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics

When the National Security Agency wanted to block the public release of former contractor Edward Snowden's emails, it found an unlikely ally: His priv...

The BGA fights for FOIA requests

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.08.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

In July, The Better Government Association sued the Illinois High School Association for denying a Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, request for in...

Lee Camp Features Gen. Petraeus Oil Wars Video on Redacted Tonight

Steve Horn | Posted 08.08.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Comedian Lee Camp premiered a never-before-televised video of former CIA Director General David Petraeus  -- who now serves as Chairman of the Ko...

A FOIA Flaw and the Obama Administration's Failure to Fix It

Alan B. Morrison | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Alan B. Morrison

On May 20, 2014, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the CIA's refusal to turn over under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), part five, of the draft history of the flawed 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.

Ex-Air Force Law Enforcement Agent Says He Hoaxed Major UFO Mythologies

Alejandro Rojas | Posted 07.13.2014 | Weird News
Alejandro Rojas

Richard Doty claims that while he was a special agent for the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations, he was tasked with hoaxing documents and feeding false information to UFO researchers. The Air Force refuses to comment on whether they knew of his activities and whether his claims of partaking in this activity at the behest of his superiors is accurate.

The 'Front Page Rule'

Melissa Schwartz | Posted 06.17.2014 | Media
Melissa Schwartz

Despite an organization's best efforts at reputation management, a nasty (or worse yet, entertaining) anecdote about leadership can go viral in an instant.

Interview With Betty Medsger, Author Of The Burglary

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.26.2014 | 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 05.24.2014 | 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 05.03.2014 | 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.