Obama Administration’s Announcement About US Drone Strike Shows It Doesn’t Know Who Drones Are Killing

By: Thursday April 23, 2015 2:00 pm

President Barack Obama’s administration announced that a US drone strike, which targeted an “al Qaeda-associated compound” in January, killed two hostages in Pakistan. One of the hostages was an American contractor named Dr. Warren Weinstein, the other an Italian named Giovani Lo Porto. Weinstein was a USAID contractor and Lo Porto was an aid worker. [...]

 

Fifty Years of Secrecy: Investigating CIA Mind Control Experiments in Vermont

By: Thursday April 16, 2015 1:00 pm

Editor’s Note: The following is a submission from Karen Wetmore, a survivor of the CIA’s MK-ULTRA research experiments. She is the author of Surviving Evil: CIA Mind Control Experiments in Vermont. After I wrote the book, Surviving Evil: CIA Mind Control Experiments in Vermont, I was left with disturbing questions regarding the research I had [...]

Despite Changes, US Government Still Unwilling to Provide Meaningful Information to Americans on No Fly List

By: Wednesday April 15, 2015 1:00 pm

The United States government will now inform US citizens placed on the No Fly List whether they have, in fact, been put on the No Fly List and possibly some details related to the basis for the listing. But an attorney for an American challenging the government’s No Fly List authority has suggested that the [...]

DEA Surveillance Program Harvested Americans’ Call Records—And It Took Snowden’s Disclosures to End It

By: Tuesday April 7, 2015 6:00 pm

The United States government harvested the records of billions of Americans’ international phone calls for over two decades. It was ended by the Justice Department in September 2013 after disclosures by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden brought widespread attention to massive government surveillance. The surveillance program was made public by the Justice Department in January. The [...]

Obama Administration Improperly Claims Secrecy Power Over Videos of Former Guantanamo Prisoner’s Force-Feeding

By: Thursday April 2, 2015 2:00 pm

President Barack Obama’s administration claims that the executive branch alone may decide whether to disclose previously classified videos of the force-feeding of a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner—even though the videos are judicial records and a judge should be able to unseal and release them to the public. On October 3, 2014, a federal district court [...]

TPP Would Empower Thousands of US Firms to Sue Governments, According to Document Published by WikiLeaks

By: Thursday March 26, 2015 2:05 pm

The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement being negotiated between the United States and eleven other nations in the Pacific Rim would empower tens of thousands of corporations or firms to sue governments through largely secret tribunal proceedings if regulations violated their expectation for profits. WikiLeaks released another drafted chapter from the agreement, the “Investment” chapter [PDF], [...]

In Rare & Extraordinary Decision, Judge Dismisses Defamation Lawsuit Against Anti-Iran Group Over State Secrets

By: Tuesday March 24, 2015 3:00 pm

A federal judge made an extremely rare and unusual decision and dismissed a defamation lawsuit in between two private parties because the government invoked the state secrets privilege. He denied lawyers for the plaintiff in the case access to reasons why the government invoked the privilege. Greek businessman and ship owner Victor Restis alleged that [...]

Judge Orders Thousands of Torture Photos to Be Disclosed After US Government Fails to Justify Secrecy

By: Friday March 20, 2015 5:00 pm

A federal district court judge will no longer accept the United States government’s secrecy arguments and has ruled that it must release thousands of photographs of detainee abuse and torture in Afghanistan and Iraq, including inhumane treatment at Abu Ghraib prison. The government is “required to disclose each and all the photographs responsive” to the [...]

Obama Administration Improperly Withholds Records & Censors, Keeps Secret More Files Than Ever

By: Wednesday March 18, 2015 5:00 pm

United States government agencies released their statistics on how they handled Freedom of Information Act requests in 2014. The numbers show President Barack Obama’s administration censored or kept secret a record number of government files, according to the Associated Press. The administration received 714,231 requests, which is slightly higher than 2013. In thirty-nine percent of [...]

White House Reassures Everyone This Will Still Be The Most Transparent Administration Ever™

By: Wednesday March 18, 2015 1:00 pm

The White House does not want any transparency advocates, journalists or concerned citizens to think a White House office’s decision to delete its Freedom of Information Act regulations signals any particular shift by the administration. President Barack Obama’s administration will still be the “most transparent administration in history.” USA Today reported on March 16 that [...]

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