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May 31, 2013

By Neil Gordon

New Movie Documents Out of Control U.S. War Machine



Dirty Wars "Dirty Wars," a forthcoming documentary based on the work of investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill, provides a glimpse into the shadowy world of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), an elite U.S. combat unit waging a covert war around the world.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

May 10, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Security Laws Must Include Transparency and Accountability



Open Government Any laws to expand the powers of the FBI in the wake of the Boston bombings should explicitly include transparency and accountability provisions, according to a new op-ed in The Atlantic by Bruce Schneier.

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Topics: Open Government

May 3, 2013

By Angela Canterbury

Illegal Foreclosures Are Corporate Trade Secrets?



Photograph of a Foreclosure Sign in front of a house Federal agencies are withholding information about the illegal foreclosure practices of mortgage companies from Members of Congress, relying on justifications that closely track those used to withhold documents from the general public under the Freedom of Information Act.

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Topics: Open Government

April 26, 2013

By Meryl Grenadier

Still Fighting to Expose Secret Law



Scales of Justice POGO joined an amicus brief written by the Electronic Privacy Information Center supporting The New York Times in its effort to obtain a memorandum written by the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel regarding the legality of the targeted killin

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Topics: Open Government

April 17, 2013

By Joe Newman

'War on Whistleblowers' Shows Heroes Pay Heavy Price



Capitol Fence After the Washington, D.C. screening of the new film War on Whistleblowers, a panel discussed some of the issues raised by the movie.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

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