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Government Secrets

Is President Obama Jealous of Edward Snowden?

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 10.13.2013 | Media
Blake Fleetwood

"I was going to do it, really I was." This is the essence of President Obama's remarks last week when he announced an overhaul of NSA procedures an...

Hickenlooper's Surprising Stance On Gov't Transparency

Posted 08.08.2013 | Denver

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) raised eyebrows with a somewhat counterintuitive statement to TIME magazine about government transparency making i...

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.

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...

Traitors To Their Country?

The Huffington Post | Todd Van Luling | Posted 06.14.2013 | Celebrity

With all of these government secrets leaking lately, it seemed like a necessary civic duty to help President Obama catch the next whistle-blower befo...

'Fierce Opponent Of Government Secrets' Perseveres As Others Struggle

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- The FBI came calling after maps of urban rail tunnels and gas lines were posted online. Microsoft aggressively complained following the we...

The Visible Government

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Americans now possess (or more accurately are possessed by) a vast "intelligence" bureaucracy deeply in the shadows, whose activities are a mass of known unknowns and unknown unknowns to those of us on the outside. It is beyond enormous.

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.

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.