- Shedding light on government secrecy, David Wise analyzes recent developments Wise’s column, "Secrecy’s Shadow Falls on Washington," discusses gradual undermining of First Amendment protections for the free press upon which we all depend for vital information about government activities. Also of interest, this op-ed by Rep. Jim McDermott.
- In September, Representative Henry A. Waxman, Democrat of CA, released a report citing an "unparalleled assault on the principle of open government," asserting that the Bush Administration evades the federal laws that govern classified information and freedom of information.
- The report is accompanied by a major proposal, The Restore Open Government Act of 2004, » Rep. Waxman Introduces Legislation to Restore Transparency and Open Government Laws » Information on material that the government classifies, Freedom of Information requests
- ACLU: National Security Letters Gag Patriot Act Debate A provision in the Patriot Act authorizes the FBI to demand library or internet records without prior court approval, and to forbid anyone from speaking about the request. Related: 7/11/07 American Library Association urges Congress to reform laws governing the FBI’s use of National Security Letters
- 1/26/05 Sibel Edmonds: A Patriot Silenced, Unjustly Fired but Fighting Back to Help Keep America Safe, ACLU An FBI whistleblower is fired, her case is put off, and then retroactively classified.
Related: Whistleblower’s "Dirty Dozen"
- Details of the Vice President’s Energy Task Force Come to Light, from Project Censored
"Documents turned over in the summer of 2003 by the Commerce Department as a result of the Sierra Club’s and Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, concerning the activities of the Cheney Energy Task Force, contain a map of Iraqi oilfields, pipelines, refineries and terminals, as well as two charts detailing Iraqi oil and gas projects, and “Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts.” The documents, dated March 2001, also feature maps of Saudi Arabian and United Arab Emirates oilfields, pipelines, refineries and tanker terminals. There are supporting charts with details of the major oil and gas development projects in each country that provide information on the project’s costs, capacity, oil company and status or completion date… The Bush Administration’s struggle to keep secret the workings of Cheney’s Energy Task Force has been ongoing since early in the President’s tenure."
- 5/11/05 NY Times: Appeals Court Backs Cheney In Secrecy Case
- Treasury Department Responds to Lawsuit by Changing Its Regulations to Permit the Publication of Books & Journals from Authors in Sanctioned Countries New York NY, December 15, 2004