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August 14, 2014

By Christine Anderson

Government Not Open to Journalists



Obama Press Conference While touting its accomplishments in opening the government, the Obama Administration stays silent on complaints from reporters about restricted access to government officials.

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Topics: Government Accountability

July 29, 2014

By POGO Guest Blogger

When the Administration Asks Itself to Declassify



Classified In preparing a recent report, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board demonstrated an unusual mode of declassification. In this case, the process was remarkably productive, and it may offer a precedent for future declassification efforts.

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Topics: Open Government

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

June 30, 2014

By Max Johnson

House Report Faults TSA Security Marking in Air Marshal Case



Top Secret Stamp A House Oversight Committee report on the Transportation Security Administration’s use of the “Sensitive Security Information” pseudo-classification found that TSA has had “organizational problems” with the application of the SSI designation dating back

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

May 21, 2014

By Neil Gordon

FOUO? Phooey!



Open Government The Pentagon's Inspector General is using the "for official use only" information label to bury findings of fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement in defense programs.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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