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July 24, 2017

By Jean Carlos Baez Rosario

One Huge Unanswered Question in Key Surveillance Debate



Surveillance Camera The intelligence community has yet to provide an estimate of US persons whose information have been collected by government surveillance programs. Meanwhile, a key internal government watchdog remains powerless to provide recommendations on the issue.

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Topics: Government Accountability

July 21, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Will Trump Privatize the Afghanistan War?



Soldier in Afghanistan Last week brought disturbing news that two prominent voices from the private security industry— Erik Prince and Stephen Feinberg—are trying to convince the Pentagon to let private security firms replace American troops in Afghanistan. We explain why this i

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Topics: National Security, Contract Oversight

July 19, 2017

By Mandy Smithberger

Congress is Afraid to be Responsible for Our Current Wars



Troops heading back to helicopter House leadership used a procedural gimmick to block an amendment offered by Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) in order to avoid an up or down vote to authorize our current wars.

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Topics: National Security

July 18, 2017

By Tim Farnsworth

Congress Has Constitutional Mandate to Investigate



Danielle Brian testifies before Congress Congress and the executive branch are not only capable of conducting concurrent investigations, they have successfully done so in the past.

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Topics: Government Accountability

July 17, 2017

By Christine Ostrosky

Congressional Caucuses Demand Transparency from ICE



Detention Center fence The leaders of several Congressional caucuses delivered a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement on July 11 demanding data on the nation’s detention centers.

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Topics: Open Government, Contract Oversight

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