Government Secrecy

Government Transparency Is Not a Partisan Issue: Eclipse of Sunshine Week

By |2018-03-16T16:33:03-04:00March 16th, 2018|Blog|

Since 2005 the National Association of News Editors has branded the third week of March “Sunshine Week.” But in 2018, Sunshine Week is looking less bright. Sunshine Week has been obscured by an eclipse. Zach Garrett cautions against allowing partisan politics to obscure the real issues.

The Censored Truth of a Guantanamo Prisoner

By |2016-01-19T10:39:53-04:00May 12th, 2015|Censorship News Articles|

Published in January, The Guantanamo Diary is an intense account of Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s excruciating experiences as a prisoner of the U.S. war on terror. Slahi was detained in his native Mauritania in 2001; a CIA rendition plane flew him to Jordan for brutal interrogation sessions, and from there he was taken to Afghanistan and then finally to the infamous [...]

ProPublica – Debunking Rationales for Mass Surveillance

By |2016-01-14T14:58:07-04:00January 22nd, 2014|Blog|

ProPublica has published an analysis of the four most often cited rationales offered to justify mass surveillance and collection of metadata, describing why they are “questionable claims.” It is instructive reading for anyone who is concerned about claims that security cannot be achieved without sacrificing constitutional principles. Whatever the right answer to that dilemma, official dissembling does little to advance [...]

Security For Whistleblowers

By |2019-03-15T17:04:12-04:00June 29th, 2011|Blog|

In the wake of the Wikileaks controversy, the Obama administration has increased its efforts to punish government officials accused of leaking classified information to the news media. While the Justice Department has the right to hold FBI, NSA and CIA employees to the confidentiality agreements in their contracts and keep certain information classified, these initiatives are undermining First [...]