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Wikileaks and “mutual knowledge”

By |2020-01-03T13:40:14-05:00March 30th, 2011|Blog|

When it comes down to it, most of the documents in Wikileaks's Cablegate release refer to issues that had already been covered in the press. Did we really need Wikileaks to tells us that Mexico isn’t doing a great job combating corruption and cartels?  Or that the war in Afghanistan is going poorly?  Or that Pakistan and North Korea and [...]

NCAC joins letter asking Congress for hearings on the unlawful destruction of DOJ emails

By |2020-01-03T13:37:26-05:00March 11th, 2010|Blog|

Concerned because the deletion of government emails has hampered investigations into possible official wrong-doing, NCAC joins in requesting Congress to act to insure the preservation of government records. "Concerned with government openness and accountability," the letter reads, "the undersigned organizations respectfully request ... hearings on the apparent destruction of e-mails in the Department of Justice to determine how the [...]

In an important step towards open goverment, Obama revives FOIA

By |2020-01-03T13:19:31-05:00January 27th, 2009|Blog|

On his first day in office, Barack Obama issued a memo reviving The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The memo states: “The Freedom of Information Act should be administered with a clear presumption: In the face of doubt, openness prevails.” This is a clear change from the policy of the Bush administration. As Slate puts it: Under Bush-Ashcroft, the presumption [...]

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