It’s Time for Transparency in U.S. Drone Strikes

By: Thursday March 27, 2014 6:00 pm

Three years ago last week, a U.S. drone strike hit the small town of Datta Khel in Pakistan. Local business owners and leaders were in the midst of a two-day tribal council meeting, called to address a dispute regarding a chromite mine in the area. Local authorities had been notified about the meeting, which is a traditional forum employed to resolve community conflicts.

Obama Administration Continues To Fight Against Transparency

By: Monday March 17, 2014 9:17 am

An analysis by the Associated Press revealed the lack of transparency which – paired with the Obama Administration’s war on whistleblowers and journalism – paints a nasty picture of a secretive regime.

Shadow Lobbying System Exposed

By: Friday February 21, 2014 6:35 am

Corruption is nothing if not resilient. Though official lobbying has faced some token regulation it has been revealed in a must read piece by Lee Fang that there now exists an entire shadow lobbying system that dwarfs the official one. Lobbyists are deregistering but not really stopping their lobbying work. While the number of official lobbyists has dropped to the 12,000 range some estimates have unofficial lobbyists numbering as high as 100,000.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Lloyd C. Gardner, Killing Machine: The American Presidency in the Age of Drone Warfare

By: Sunday January 5, 2014 1:59 pm

Lloyd Gardner’s new book is an in depth historical analysis of President Obama’s foreign policy during his first 5 years in public office. In 2008, many Americans had deep trust that President Obama was going to bring significant change into the White House and guide our country to a place of more “rightful” and lawful foreign policy strategies by putting an end to torture, drawing down the illegal Iraq War, and closing down Guantanamo prison. President Obama promised the American public more transparency and accountability, and adherence to the rule of law, without “looking back”.

Obama Admin Claims to Support Cellphone Unlocking but TPP Leak Shows Opposite

By: Friday November 22, 2013 8:29 am

When you buy something from someone you own it, right? Not if President Obama has his way on cellphones. Cellphone unlocking, which allows owners to alter the phone they purchased and use it with other carriers should they so desire, is a front line issue on the fight for rational copyright laws.

Late Night: Can We Have That Politico Ethics Panel Now?

By: Monday November 18, 2013 8:00 pm

You know, when I’m pimping out a fellow blogger’s book, or my own, at least I say right up front, “Go buy this, she’s a pal of mine.” My problem with the entire journalistic “ethics” argument today is that it over-polices actual stated opinions and ignores the value of transparency. Just tell me what you’re doing, who you’re doing it for, and how many bodies they have on you to get you to do this kind of thing for them.

Justice Department Sued for Refusing to Release Secret Legal Opinions

By: Wednesday August 28, 2013 9:45 am

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), an organization that describes itself as being committed to “high-impact legal actions to target government officials who sacrifice common good to special interests,” filed a complaint in the US District Court for the District of Columbia.

Former NSA Director Equates Transparency Activists With Al Qaeda

By: Thursday August 8, 2013 2:05 pm

Former NSA Director General Michael Hayden has made a stunning declaration sure to further poison relations between the so-called intelligence community and the public.

Obama Administration Failing to Meet Transparency Pledge With FOIA Requests

By: Tuesday July 16, 2013 6:35 am

In an age of intense government secrecy one of a citizen’s few tools to gain access to government information is the Freedom of Information Act passed in 1966. But it seems the Obama Administration, despite promises of historic transparency, is not reasonably complying with FOIA requests.

An Open Letter to the Secret Service Regarding the Aaron Swartz File

By: Friday June 21, 2013 12:25 pm

I write you to express my dismay in how the Secret Service’s FOIA office has conducted itself in regards to my request for the Secret Service files on Aaron Swartz. A formal request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) conforming with your guidelines was sent by certified mail and received in February 2013. After making repeated phone calls over a space of weeks to the FOIA communications center I was finally given an acknowledgement letter on April 5th, 2013 that the office had formally received the request on March 5th, 2013.

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