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 [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday March 18, 2015 5:00 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola 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 [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday March 17, 2014 11:25 am|
The Associated Press conducted its annual review of government data related to the Freedom of Information Act. It found that the “government’s efforts to be more open about its activities last year were their worst since President Barack Obama took office.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday March 15, 2013 1:01 pm|
The administration of President Barack Obama, when boasting about Obama’s record on openness and transparency, regularly cites how it is now releasing White House visitor logs. It has been an “achievement” the administration explicitly mentions during Sunshine Week, a week where journalists and open government advocates celebrate transparency in government.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday March 15, 2013 12:18 pm|
A federal appeals court has ruled the CIA cannot continue to deny in court that it has no “intelligence interest” in drones strikes carried out by the United States government. The appeals court’s ruling reversed a lower court decision, which found the CIA did not have to acknowledge it had any records on drone strikes.
The ruling by the United States District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia came in a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to force the release of government records on the use of drones for targeted killings.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday March 14, 2013 10:10 am|
The notion that any presidential administration or Executive Branch agency can keep secret official interpretations of the law is indefensible. A few members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives understand this and are pushing to find out information about President Barack Obama’s targeted killing program that the public has a right to know.
As Democratic Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) says, “Every American has a right to know when their government believes it has a right to kill them.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday March 13, 2013 6:57 pm|
A government-wide audit done by the independent non-governmental National Security Archive indicates a majority of federal agencies have not updated their Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulations to comply with legislation, which became law in 2007, or President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder’s policy changes in 2009.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday March 13, 2013 9:20 am|
A chief counselor for the White House’s Open Government Partnership spoke at a Sunshine Week event on Monday and declared, “President Obama understands our government’s obligation to serve the American people to the best of our ability. He has made clear that citizens deserve accountability, and the opportunity to participate in their government – and that this will make our government better.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday March 13, 2012 4:15 pm|
The Obama administration has come to be regarded as being deceitful on policies of openness and transparency; and in many cases, worse on freedom of information than the Bush Administration. That is something government officials have had to confront during Sunshine Week, as they try to celebrate freedom of information and open government.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday March 12, 2012 7:15 pm|
A letter by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) and co-signed by 46 news media organizations and associations was written to the US Defense Department requesting access to records during the court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is accused of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks.
Journalists covering the proceedings decided to send the letter because during court proceedings, such as the Article 32 hearing, the media has not been granted access to documents, including the court docket. This means journalists have had little to no idea of what was being discussed in regards to motions or orders filed.