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July 19, 2013

By Jana Persky

Time to Cut Iraq and Afghanistan Spending



National Security As the House's version of the defense appropriations bill is cobbled together, Congress should vote in favor of an amendment to eliminate approximately $3.5 billion of funding that the Pentagon neither wants, needs nor requested.

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Topics: National Security

July 18, 2013

By David S. Hilzenrath

Review Finds Security Problems at Diplomatic Posts



Razor Wire An audit by the State Department Inspector General found deficient security at overseas posts under high threat.

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Topics: National Security

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 Jana Persky

Congress Should Stop Funding Unneeded Nuclear Programs



B61 Bomb The House is voting today on two amendments that will cut funding two nuclear programs that Project On Government Oversight has spoken out against in the past.

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Topics: National Security

July 8, 2013

By Andre Francisco

IG Report That Scrubbed Panetta Disclosure Gets Award



Zero Dark Thirty The inspector general team that wrote a report on the Pentagon’s cooperation with the makers of the film Zero Dark Thirty received a “Team of the Year” award despite the final report being scrubbed of some top secret disclosures.

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Topics: National Security

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