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Secrecy

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.

House Committees Take First Step to Reform NSA

Shahid Buttar | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

Despite its welcome progress, the policy reform process reflects a troubling pattern of congressional deference to agencies and officials without any legitimate basis.

Time to Move from Secrecy to Accountability at Guantanamo

Andrea Gittleman | Posted 05.17.2014 | Impact
Andrea Gittleman

Hiding problems never solves them. Transparency about past and present abuses is necessary to address victims' needs and prevent such acts from happening again.

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.

"You Can't Gag Somebody and Then Want to Kill Them"

Katherine Hawkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Katherine Hawkins

Most of the civil suits challenging official secrecy about CIA torture have ended. But the issue will not go away so easily in the Guantanamo military commissions, because the U.S. government has two conflicting objectives.

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.

Bradley Manning Revealed Crimes Far Worse Than the Ones He Supposedly Committed

John Glaser | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics
John Glaser

Did Manning break the law? According to the letter, yes he did. But since when did we presume to hold people in government accountable to the law?

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...

Cat and Mouse

Jonathan Richards | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Richards

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It's Time for the Press to Fight Back Against Secrecy

Dan Froomkin | Posted 08.17.2013 | Media
Dan Froomkin

Even in this day of fragmented audiences and decimated newsrooms, major news organizations still have the ability to spark a national conversation around a given issue, by putting experienced, tenacious beat reporters on the story. So what's needed is a new beat, to cover secrecy itself.

Forget Black Helicopters, Meet the Ultimate Helicopter Mom: the NSA

Thom Senzee | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics
Thom Senzee

The easy question is, whether or not trading privacy for government (and corporate) transparency make society physically safer. The difficult and infinitely more important question is, can democracy still thrive without personal privacy and institutional secrecy?

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.

Open Letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein About the Bill of Rights

Norman Solomon | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The greatness of the Fourth Amendment explains why so many Americans treasure it today. But along with other high-ranking members of Congress and the president of the United States, you have continued to chip away at this sacred bedrock of civil liberties.

CIA's Paranoid Response on Drones

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Bennett L. Gershman

The CIA's defense of an indefensible position on secrecy suggests that it believes secrecy trumps all other values, even a court's common sense.

What Eric Holder Should Say About Drones Tomorrow

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

With bipartisan concern clear and public interest in the program growing, now is the time for the Justice Department to explain fully its legal support for the program, or risk more claims of the Obama administration's hypocrisy.

Senior Gitmo Commander Didn't Know of Secret Surveillance Capabilities Under His Command

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 04.15.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Questions about monitoring of privileged attorney-client communications continued to swirl around the pre-trial hearings taking place at Guantanamo Bay on Wednesday.

Testimony Confirms Microphones in 9/11 Courtroom Could Capture Confidential Conversations

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 04.14.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Testimony from the special 9/11 courtroom at Guantanamo Bay this morning confirmed what defense lawyers have been complaining about for weeks now: The microphones in the courtroom are sensitive enough to pick up lawyers' conversations with their clients.

Honesty Needed From Catholic Church in Wave of More School Closings

Christopher Atamian | Posted 04.02.2013 | New York
Christopher Atamian

Secrecy --a Church specialty -- has always reigned inside even its most hallowed institutions, but it cannot continue to do so. In the case of Catholic schools, the Church should first publish their so-called "master plan" for all to see, down to how they intend to spend every last nickel.

Defense Seeks Suspension of 9/11 Hearings Due to Fears of Government Eavesdropping

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 04.02.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's lawyer on Thursday morning asked the military commission judge presiding over the trial of the five accused masterminds of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to halt all court proceedings until the court could determine who might be listening in on defense lawyers' conversations.

Not Only Does 9/11 Trial Have a Censor, But No One Can Know Who It Is (UPDATED)

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 03.31.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

A military commission judge's attempt to explain this morning why the 9/11 pre-trial hearing being held at Guantanamo Bay was briefly blacked out from observers yesterday has only caused more confusion.

Judge Regretfully Rules Law Doesn't Require US Government to Explain Its Drone War

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

This is one of the best reasons I've heard yet for why the Obama administration should release the legal memos written to justify its overseas targeted killings of terror suspects, regardless of whether any court ever orders it to.

"Fiscal Cliff" Casts Shadow of Secrecy

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

Just like the debt limit negotiations and super committee process that helped cause it, the so-called "fiscal cliff" of expiring laws is creating another round of secretive negotiations among our political leaders.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Speaks

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 12.17.2012 | World
Daphne Eviatar

In an unexpected twist to the September 11 hearings at Guantanamo today, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-professed mastermind of the massive 2001 terrorist attacks, today spoke out to admonish the judge and lawyers in the military commissions.

Can 9/11 Defendants' 'Memories and Experiences' Be Classified?

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 12.16.2012 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Could the victim of a classified CIA execution program be prevented by the government from telling anyone about his experience being targeted by it?