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Katherine Hawkins



POGO Calls for Congressional Investigation and Oversight of “Zero Tolerance” and Border Crisis

July 18, 2018

The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) writes to encourage you to begin a long-overdue investigation relating to the crisis of immigration enforcement and detention along our nation’s southwest border.

Where Family Separation Began

June 22, 2018

Prolonged detention of immigrant children, with or without their parents, is not legal. It violates a legally binding 1997 class-action consent decree known as the Flores settlement, that governs the treatment of minors in immigration custody.

Impunity for U.S.-Funded Warlords in Afghanistan

February 16, 2018

The Defense Department has continued to fund Afghan security forces that violate human rights, without informing Congress.

The Secret Ruling that Broke the Military Commissions

November 30, 2017

The Project On Government Oversight reports on a secret court ruling central to the dispute that has paralyzed the Guantanamo military commissions.

Weaponizing Security Clearances Is Unacceptable, Whether CIA Directors are the Victims or Perpetrators

August 17, 2018

Executive agencies regularly use their classification powers to avoid oversight or accountability for embarrassing or unlawful conduct. Congress needs to create enforceable protections against using the security clearance process for retaliation against whistleblowers and critics.

Just Following Orders: Overdue Oversight and Unanswered Questions on Family Separations

August 8, 2018

Nearly three months after the Trump administration’s family separation policy began and over one month after a public outcry led to its end, Congress finally held its first hearing on the subject on July 31. It was a necessary step, but not nearly enough.

Frequently Asked Questions: Criminal Prosecutions on the Border

June 22, 2018

Zero-tolerance prosecutions on the southwest border are undermining key constitutional protections.

Enhanced Evasion Techniques

May 21, 2018

As Gina Haspel assumes office, we have no reason to trust that she will oppose abuses of the CIA’s covert action powers, or preserve evidence that reflects badly on the CIA or the White House.

What the Senate Needs to Ask Gina Haspel

April 17, 2018

A list of questions the Senate needs to ask CIA director nominee Gina Haspel about her role in torture and rendition.

Gina Haspel’s Troubling Role in the CIA Torture Program

March 13, 2018

President Trump’s nominee to head the CIA reportedly oversaw one of the agency’s black sites and helped destroy videos of interrogations there.

Pentagon to Congress: You Can’t Stop Us from Fueling Saudi Arabia’s War in Yemen

March 9, 2018

The Defense Department is claiming—wrongly— that Congress cannot restrict the United States’ participation in Yemen’s civil war

May 17, 2018

How Haspel beat the resistance

Politico | By Elana Schor, Burgess Everett

May 16, 2018

I hated myself for Abu Ghraib abuse'

BBC News | By Tara McKelvey

May 11, 2018

For some, Haspel for CIA head 'would be promoting a torturer'

Public Radio International (PRI) | By Allison Herrera, Tania Karas

May 8, 2018

What we know — and what we don't — about Trump's controversial pick to lead the CIA

Public Radio International (PRI) | By Tania Karas

March 27, 2018

CIA may have to reveal Haspel’s hidden past

Politico | By Elana Schor, Burgess Everett

March 19, 2018

Dems under pressure to block Pompeo, Haspel

Politico | By Elana Schor

March 15, 2018

Trump’s nominee for CIA director could help bury key torture documents

ThinkProgress | By Joshua Eaton