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October 18, 2012

By Nick Schwellenbach

Pentagon Intensifies Efforts to Plug Leaks, Catch Leakers



Open Government Defense Secretary outlines plan to detect leaks of classified information and pursue leakers.

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Topics: Open Government

October 11, 2012

By Andre Francisco

Victory for National Security and Intelligence Community Whistleblowers



Whistleblower Protections On Wednesday, President Obama issued a Presidential Policy Directive expanding whistleblower protections to national security and intelligence community whistleblowers.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

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

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