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April 6, 2018

By Jake Laperruque

Three Key Reforms for Facial Recognition and Body Cameras



Facial recognition Police departments are moving forward with plans to incorporate real-time facial recognition in body cameras, creating serious risks to privacy and due process rights. Before adding facial recognition to body cameras, law enforcement should enact three cri

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

April 4, 2018

By Neil Gordon

Government Security Clearances Continue to Drop, Backlogs Remain



Top secret A new intelligence agency report found fewer government employees and contractors holding security clearances and a worsening backlog of pending security reviews. But the report omits key data, preventing a deeper dive into the findings.

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Topics: Open Government, National Security, Contract Oversight

March 21, 2018

By Rebecca Jones

Short-Staffed: Vacancies Leave Life-Altering Oversight Work for Later



Empty conference room Several administrative review boards lack adequate membership to decide important questions of workers’ rights and surveillance oversight. As a result, workers can’t find relief and the American public is worse off.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections, National Security

March 9, 2018

By Katherine Hawkins

Pentagon to Congress: You Can’t Stop Us from Fueling Saudi Arabia’s War in Yemen



A KC-135 Stratotanker, used to provide aerial refueling to U.S. and coalition aircraft, returns from a refueling mission. The Defense Department is claiming—wrongly— that Congress cannot restrict the United States’ participation in Yemen’s civil war

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Topics: National Security

March 1, 2018

By Jake Laperruque

Election Security Needs to Begin Long Before Ballots Are Cast



Two hands placing ballots covered with the Russian flag into a ballot box. Protecting our registration rolls from malicious hacking is critical to preserving the integrity of our election system, and needs to be a significant part of heightened efforts to increase election security.

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Topics: National Security

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