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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 8, 2013

By Jack Scher

IRS Using Tax Dollars for Entertainment and Party Supplies



Party Hats According to a report, some IRS employees abused agency purchase cards by making a number of ridiculous purchases.

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Topics: Government Accountability

July 2, 2013

By Jana Persky

Obama Makes Second IG Nomination in Two Weeks



State Department President Barack Obama made progress toward filling the federal government’s longest-running inspector general (IG) vacancy with his nomination of Steve A. Linick for inspector general of the Department of State.

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Topics: Government Accountability

June 27, 2013

By Jana Persky

Obama Nominates Watchdog for Defense Department



National Security After more than 18 months without one, the Pentagon may soon have a permanent inspector general (IG) after President Barack Obama nominated Jon Rymer for the job last Friday.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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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