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February 2, 2018

By Danielle Brian

“The Memo”: Willful Ignorance and the House Intel Committee



Devin Nunes The House Intelligence Committee voted to publicly release its classified memo on the FBI while opting to be willfully ignorant of the facts and potential consequences of its actions. That's the biggest problem with #ReleaseTheMemo.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

February 1, 2018

By Jake Laperruque

With #ReleaseTheMemo, Nunes Hopes You Won’t Understand FISA



Surveillance Cameras FISA, a highly complex law, has two provisions particularly relevant to the Nunes memo and the hypocrisy surrounding the Republicans’ sudden concern about it.

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Topics: Open Government, National Security

January 17, 2018

By Jake Laperruque

Facts on FISA: Correcting the Record on the Section 702 House Floor Debate



Capitol surveillance As we move forward with this new iteration of Section 702, it’s critical to look back at the debate and correct the record on inaccurate statements about this law and the proposals to reauthorize it. The following is a compilation of all factual errors tha

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Topics: Open Government, National Security

January 10, 2018

By Neil Gordon

Audit Finds Pentagon Task Force Squandered Millions, Had Few Successes



SIGAR abandoned goat farm A Pentagon office that spent $675 million on economic development projects in Afghanistan was rife with waste and achieved “mixed results,” according to an audit report released this week by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Contract Oversight

December 21, 2017

By Danielle Brian

Keeping the Independence of the Special Counsel: The President Should Support—Not Interfere With—Investigations Into His Administration



Robert Mueller Attempting to influence or shut down the Special Counsel, an authorized, independent law enforcement investigation, undermines a cornerstone foundation upon which America was built: that we are a nation based on laws, not merely subjective decisions of se

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

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