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September 26, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Senate Questions IG Report on Secret Service Prostitution Scandal



DHS Seal Recent allegations suggest that the inspector general in charge of investigating the 2012 Secret Service prostitution incident intentionally withheld information from his public report and delayed the release of his findings until after the 2012 election.

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Topics: Government Accountability

September 16, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Congress’s Complicated and Wasteful Oversight of DHS



DHS Seal In a New York Times op-ed published last week, the 9/11 commission’s co-chairs Thomas H. Kean and Lee H. Hamilton argue that one of their most important proposals has still not been carried out: improved homeland security oversight.

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Topics: National Security

August 2, 2013

By Aimee Thomson

POGO and Allies Urge Improvements to Surveillance Law



Surveillance Cameras POGO, OpenTheGovernment.org, and National Security Counselors have presented the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) with a number of recommendations to create a more transparent and accountable national security apparatus.

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Topics: Government Accountability

July 12, 2013

By Aimee Thomson

Secret Court Resists Releasing Surveillance Opinions



Scales of Justice Transparency advocates have long called for the declassification of secret court opinions that have allowed broad domestic surveillance. A recent letter from the court responsible for approving surveillance requests casts doubt on the release of these opin

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Open Government

June 26, 2013

By Aimee Thomson

Electronic Surveillance Law 101



Spying The recent whistleblowing disclosures by Edward Snowden have revealed systemic mass domestic surveillance. The government has justified its programs on the grounds that they are both legal and overseen by the FISA Court. But what do the PATRIOT Act, FISA, and the FISA Court actually do?

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Open Government

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Fly Before You Buy: Tom Christie on Realistic Combat Testing

The Project On Government Oversight's Dan Grazier recently sat down with Tom Christie, a former Director of Operational Test & Evaluation at the DoD from 2001-2005, to talk about the critical need for realistic combat testing before the Pentagon buys new weapons.