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Category Archive: Transparency

Jul 16 2014

WH Spokesman Lies About Transparencies

New White House spokesman Josh Earnest knows his job well. He’s paid to be a professional liar and lying is exactly what he does. And that’s exactly what he did when he was asked about Obama’s promise to be the “most transparent administration in history.”

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Jun 30 2014

MA SWAT Teams Claim to Be Private Entities

Friend of Dispatches Radley Balko found something rather disturbing in the ACLU’s recent report on the militarization of law enforcement. SWAT teams in Massachusetts are claiming to be private entities rather than government ones in order to not comply with open records requests.

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Jun 26 2014

The Drone Strike Memo That Wasn’t There

A federal court recently ordered the Obama administration — you know, the “most transparent administration in history” — to release the legal memo justifying the drone killing of an American citizen in Yemen. Well they released it, but with so many redactions that it is virtually useless.

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May 23 2014

Obama Caves on Drone Memo Secrecy

It’s only taken several years, but the Most Transparent Administration in History (yeah, right) has decided not to appeal a federal court order requiring them to release the legal memo upon which they’ve based their authority to launch drone strikes that kill even American citizens.

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Apr 23 2014

Appeals Court Orders Release of Drone Strike Memo

A three-judge panel of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled unanimously that the Obama administration must release portions of the legal memo used to justify the drone strike that killed American citizens Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen in 2011. The Obama administration has been fighting this tooth and nail, of course.

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Apr 18 2014

FOIA Suit Over Regnerus Study Continues

One of the interesting stories regarding that terrible Mark Regnerus study on gay parenting is a lawsuit filed by John Becker against the University of Central Florida over their refusal to comply with an open records request for documents on how the study came to be published. Becker has a report on how that case …

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Mar 25 2014

Obama Continues Crusade Against Whistleblowers

Peter Van Buren reports on a court case involving the federal government’s rabid desire to punish Robert MacLean, a former TSA Air Marshall who blew the whistle on contradictory policies in that program (simultaneously cutting the air marshal program while sending out an alert about possible hijackings). The Obama DOJ is taking that case to …

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Mar 24 2014

IL Ban on Recording Public Officials Overturned

The Illinois Supreme Court has helped the cause of transparency and accountability by unanimously striking down that state’s law that forbid the recording of police officers and other public officials while on duty. A federal court had already struck down the law in regard to police officers, now it applies to other public officials as …

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Mar 17 2014

Marcy Wheeler on Obama and Torture

I’m delighted to see that the amazing Marcy Wheeler has joined Glenn Greenwald’s The Intercept website as a senior policy analyst and writer. No one is more meticulous in their research and analysis than Marcy and she’s all over the CIA spying on the Senate story, pointing out that President Obama has been covering up …

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Mar 09 2014

CIA May Have Illegally Spied on Congress

When the Senate Intelligence Committee was investigating the CIA torture program (the report of which the Obama administration still refuses to release), they made a deal with the CIA that they could use computers at the agency without being monitored. It looks like the CIA violated that agreement and spied on legislators and staffers anyway.

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Dec 20 2013

NSA Review Panel to Advocate Real Reform?

Politico has an article on the now-completed report by the commission appointed by President Obama to make recommendations after Edward Snowden revealed just how intrusive and clearly illegal the NSA’s data mining operations have become. And the article claims that the commission may be recommending real reform, though not as much as critics would like.

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Dec 17 2013

Obama: Release the Senate Torture Report

W. Paul Smith notes that it was one year ago that the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence finished compiling a massive report, more than 6000 pages, on the torture regime constructed by Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld. You’ve never seen that report because the Obama administration has classified it and refused to release it, even in …

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Sep 29 2013

NSA Spied on Political Enemies in Cold War

Foreign Policy reports on newly declassified documents that show that the NSA spied on a whole range of people that the LBJ and Nixon administrations considered their political enemies, including at least two sitting U.S. Senators, Martin Luther King and even — for crying out loud — Art Buchwald.

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Aug 27 2013

What Chelsea Manning Revealed

Lost in all the noise and attention surrounding the trial and sentencing of Chelsea Manning for turning over a huge stash of classified documents to Wikileaks is the substance that those documents contained. Greg Mitchell at The Nation offers up a list of the many important things being hidden from the public that Manning’s actions …

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Aug 19 2013

NSA Routinely Breaks Privacy Rules

Don’t worry, we’ve been told by President Obama and many members of Congress, the NSA has strict guidelines and procedures to prevent violations of privacy in their surveillance programs. Turns out that some of the documents that Edward Snowden provided to the Washington Post prove otherwise.

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