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October 4, 2012

By Neil Gordon

Senate Report Silent on Fusion Center Reliance on Contractors



The Intelligence Process A bipartisan Senate investigative report on joint federal-state-local anti-terrorism facilities, called Fusion Centers, uncovers many problems but fails to explore the risks of using contractors to perform intelligence services.

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Topics: National Security

October 3, 2012

By Mia Steinle

Senate Investigation Found DHS Intelligence Centers Wasted Money and Violated Civil Liberties



National Security A Department of Homeland Security effort to improve the sharing of terrorism-related intelligence among state and local governments and with officials in Washington has yielded “shoddy” information and civil liberties violations, according to a Senate inve

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Topics: National Security

September 12, 2012

By Suzanne Dershowitz

Report Reveals Some Open Gov Progress, but Also Increasing National Security Secrecy



Open Government OpenTheGovernment.org released its annual Secrecy Report for 2012, which demonstrated both positive changes in open government policies and enormous challenges in areas of continued secrecy.

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Topics: Open Government

June 27, 2012

By Adam Zagorin

Intelligence Chief Uses Unreliable Lie Detector Technology to Plug Media Leaks



Lie Detector The testing could put intelligence workers at risk of being falsely stigmatized, jeopardizing their careers and their ability to contribute to the national security. It also could have a chilling effect on employees considering blowing the whistle on gover

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

March 8, 2012

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Drug Busts, Hurricanes, and Torture, Oh My! 10 Key Inspector General Investigations



dana liebelson With the release of POGO's new Inspector General (IG) vacancy tracker, we've sparked discussion about the important role IGs play in government oversight. We've also encouraged President Obama to appoint IGs in a timely manner, and asked the Senate to cons

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