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July 8, 2014

By Neil Gordon

A Blatant Example of Pointless Government Secrecy



Photograph of An Afghan air force C-27A Spartan aircraft arrives at Kabul International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, July 20, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Smith/Released) For a blatant example of the Obama Administration's ludicrous secrecy practices, look no further than this 2013 Pentagon audit of a program to supply aircraft to Afghanistan.

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Topics: Open Government

April 21, 2014

By Joshua Christensen

EPIC Case Will Define Government Records



White House Screen Cyber Initiative POGO supports amicus brief for FOIA case that will dramatically affect government transparency.

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Topics: Open Government

September 23, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

New Declassification Board Member Has Long Classification Past



Kenneth L. Wainstein Last week, Kenneth L. Wainstein was quietly named to the Public Interest Declassification Board. Wainstein is not the first person you might think of with an interest in promoting government transparency. In fact, his work experience suggests a serious con

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Topics: Open Government

September 19, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Navy Yard Shooter Was Security-Cleared Contractor



Contract Oversight In the days since a gunman killed 12 people at the Navy Yard complex in Washington, D.C., many have been questioning why–despite warning signs like gun-related arrests and mental illness–Aaron Alexis was given secret-level clearance for his job with a subc

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Topics: Contract Oversight

July 18, 2013

By Jack Scher

Executive Office Reports that Classification Is Declining



Classification According to an executive office report, portions of the classification system are shrinking. The report was released amid national debate over the balance of security and privacy, and the necessary amount of government secrecy.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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