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1. Groups Ask President Obama to Support Open Government Commitments on Secret Law

(Web Page; Tue Oct 22 12:49:00 CDT 2013)

October 21, 2013 President Barack ObamaThe White House1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Obama: On behalf of citizens who support an open and accountable government, we are writing to urge you to ...

Description: On behalf of citizens who support an open and accountable government, we are writing to urge you to pledge as part of the US’s new round of Open Government Partnership commitments to curb the secret law that enabled the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs to become much broader and more invasive than it was believed the law allowed.

2. Secret Laws

(Web Page; Fri Oct 19 16:05:00 CDT 2012)

Almost 2000 years BC, Hammurabi put Babylon�s laws in writing for the first time ever "so that all men might read and know what was required of them." 4000 years later, the U.S. government is making public laws pass�, acc...

3. Still Fighting to Expose Secret Law

(Web Page; Wed May 08 14:24:00 CDT 2013)

The Project On Government Oversight recently joined a friend of the court brief written by the Electronic Privacy Information Center supporting The New York Times in its effort to obtain a memorandum written by the Department of Justic...

Description: POGO joined an amicus brief written by the Electronic Privacy Information Center supporting The New York Times in its effort to obtain a memorandum written by the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel regarding the legality of the targeted killing of individuals deemed to have ties to terrorism.

4. POGO and Partners Call for Disclosure on Secret Laws

(Web Page; Wed Jun 19 12:33:00 CDT 2013)

June 18, 2013 David Medine, Chair,Rachel Brand, MemberElizabeth Collins Cook, Member James Dempsey, MemberPatricia Wald, Member Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Dear Members of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Overs...

Description: We are very glad that the Board has been fully constituted, and we greatly appreciate your immediate attention and work in response to the recent disclosures concerning NSA surveillance. We understand that you are meeting to consider the impact of these NSA programs on privacy and civil liberties. We write to ask that, as one of your first action items, you urge the administration to make public information about the legal authorities for government surveillance of Americans.

5. Secret Court Decisions Expand Surveillance Powers

(Web Page; Mon Jul 08 09:59:00 CDT 2013)

The classified rulings of a secretive court are creating a new body of law that greatly expands the surveillance powers of the National Security Agency, according to an article in The New York Times. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillanc...

Description: The classified rulings of a secretive court are creating a new body of law that greatly expands the surveillance powers of the National Security Agency, according to an article in The New York Times.

6. Friend of the Court: POGO Joins Fight for Sunshine

(Web Page; Thu Apr 04 08:35:00 CDT 2013)

The Project On Government Oversight recently joined Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and other colleagues in a “friend of the court” (amicus curiae) brief, supporting the Electronic Frontier Fou...

Description: POGO recently joined in a “friend of the court” brief supporting the Electronic Frontier Foundation in its attempt to compel the government to release an Office of Legal Counsel memorandum and to stem the growth of a vast body of secret law.

7. POGO Supports Bill to Declassify Surveillance Court Opinions

(Web Page; Wed Jun 12 15:59:00 CDT 2013)

A new bipartisan bill from eight Senators seeks to expand transparency and accountability of secret surveillance programs conducted under the PATRIOT Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Angela Canterbury, Direc...

Description: A new bipartisan bill from eight Senators seeks to expand transparency and accountability of secret surveillance programs conducted under the PATRIOT Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

8. What the President Didn’t Say in His Speech on Surveillance Reform

(Web Page; Fri Jan 17 13:43:00 CST 2014)

Statement of Danielle Brian, Executive Director, Project On Government Oversight We’re encouraged that President Obama today acknowledged the dangers posed to our civil liberties by unchecked and overreaching intelligence gather...

Description: Statement of Danielle Brian, Executive Director, Project On Government Oversight We’re encouraged that President Obama today acknowledged the dangers posed to our civil liberties by unchecked and overreaching intelligence gathering. His speech sets the stage for important reforms.

9. Report Analyzes Government Secrecy

(Web Page; Thu Oct 03 13:39:00 CDT 2013)

It’s been a year filled with startling revelations about the high number of secret programs operating within our government. In their 9th annual Secrecy Report, OpenTheGovernment.org aims to detail those in-t...

Description: OpenTheGovernment.org has released its annual report detailing and reviewing government secrecy. Despite the Obama Administration’s purported commitment to transparency, reductions in secrecy have been slow.

10. Time for Answers on Domestic Spying Program

(Web Page; Fri Jun 07 09:13:00 CDT 2013)

Originally posted at OpenTheGovernment.org. The recent news that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) ordered Verizon to turn over to the National Security Agency the mass collection of telephone call logs generated by ...

Description: The public has been left completely in the dark about the scope and the extent of the government’s domestic spying.

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