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July 18, 2013

By Jack Scher

Executive Office Reports that Classification Is Declining



Classification According to an executive office report, portions of the classification system are shrinking. The report was released amid national debate over the balance of security and privacy, and the necessary amount of government secrecy.

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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

July 10, 2013

By Arden Arnold

Does New Policy Protect Intelligence Whistleblowers?



NSA New protections for national security and intelligence community whistleblowers are being implemented, but it is unclear yet how effective they will be.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

July 8, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Secret Court Decisions Expand Surveillance Powers



Open Government The classified rulings of a secretive court are creating a new body of law that greatly expands the surveillance powers of the National Security Agency, according to an article in The New York Times.

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Topics: National Security

June 27, 2013

By Andre Francisco

New Podcast: How the Intelligence World Came to Rely on Contractors



Microphone Why did the United States start outsourcing so many of its intelligence activities? What risks and costs does this pose to the government?

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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