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May 23, 2018

By Jake Laperruque

ICE Backs Down on “Extreme Vetting” Automated Social Media Scanning



ICE cyber monitoring In a major victory for civil rights and civil liberties advocates, ICE has shut down its plan to include unreliable automated social media scanning as part of an “Extreme Vetting” program. However ICE’s plans for Extreme Vetting are still problematic, espe

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Contract Oversight

May 22, 2018

By Andrea Peterson

A Q&A with the NSA’s Internal Watchdog



Robert Storch NSA POGO talks with the NSA’s first independently-appointed Inspector General.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections, National Security

May 22, 2018

By Nick Schwellenbach

How Zinke’s Interior Department Has Impeded Oversight



Zinke investigation money Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and his aides often disregard, and perhaps even attempt to evade, oversight and accountability

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Topics: Government Accountability, Energy and Natural Resources

May 21, 2018

By Katherine Hawkins

Enhanced Evasion Techniques



Gina Haspel swearing in 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.

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Topics: Open Government, National Security

May 17, 2018

By Bonnie Goldstein

Paper Cuts: Cashing in on Connections



Businesspeople shake hands with money What may be most shocking of all is, current laws regulating lobbying are so painfully weak that Cohen’s potential influence-peddling may have been legal.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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