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May 8, 2014

By Angela Canterbury

Revised USA FREEDOM Act Lacks Transparency and Strong Special Advocate



Open Government A weakened version of the USA Freedom Act unanimously passed through the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday and reportedly was approved today by the House Permanent Committee on Intelligence—clearing the way for the bill to be debated on the House Floo

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Topics: National Security

April 30, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

Snowden, Poitras Awarded Truth-Telling Prize for Exposing Illegal NSA Surveillance



Edward Snowden Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower who exposed, arguably, the biggest government overreach into Americans’ privacy in the nation’s history, and Laura Poitras, the journalist who helped bring the story to the public, were honored Wednesday with the Riden

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Topics: National Security

April 28, 2014

By Joshua Christensen

Court Orders Release of DOJ Drone-Strike Justifications



Drone Strike Case The Court of Appeals ordered the release of a memo justifying the drone strike that killed Anwar Al-Awlaki.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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

April 3, 2014

By Joshua Christensen

The Most Transparent Administration in History? Not So Much…



Classified The White House set a new record on the number of Freedom of Information Act requests it denied or censored.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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