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‘The Fukushima Secrecy Syndrome’

In December, the Japanese government rammed through parliament a law that would let the government alone decide what state secrets are and throw civil employees who divulge them in jail for up to 10 years, while journalists could get five years, Ralph Nader writes at CounterPunch.

Posted on Feb 23, 2014 READ MORE



How a Thug State Operates

In the twenty-first century, the NSS has already generated hundreds of millions of documents that could not be read by an American without a security clearance. Of those, thanks to one man (via various journalists), we have had access to a tiny percentage of perhaps 1.7 million of them.

Posted on Feb 21, 2014 READ MORE



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Company Stifles Consumer Complaint Via Secret Court Filings

A company disagreeing with a consumer complaint posted on a federal website has gone to court to have the information removed. And it persuaded a federal judge to cloak the company, and the effort, in secrecy. The case is heading to the appeals court. So much for a transparent legal system.

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 READ MORE


Al Franks

Obama Defends Summers, Franken Plans NSA Transparency Bill, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Anthony Weiner’s wife is reportedly taking a break from her job as Hillary Clinton’s top aide and North Carolina’s governor makes an insulting offer to protesters demonstrating against the state’s recently signed-into-law abortion bill.

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 READ MORE



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Who Are We at War With? That’s Classified

In a major national security speech this spring, President Obama said again and again that the U.S. is at war with “Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and their associated forces.” So who exactly are those associated forces? It’s a secret.

 

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Let the People Know—Put Full Texts of Government Contracts Online

Each year hundreds of billions of dollars in federal government contracts, grants, leaseholds and licenses are awarded to corporations. Taxpayers should be able to easily access clear and concise information on how their tax dollars are being spent by the government at all levels.

Posted on Jun 9, 2013 READ MORE



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A ‘Sea Change’ in the Media’s View of Obama?

Upon finding itself a target of the administration’s spying program, the establishment press suddenly disapproves of the president’s record on “civil liberties, transparency, press freedoms, and a whole variety of other issues on which he based his first campaign,” Glenn Greenwald writes in The Guardian.

Posted on May 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Homeland Insecurity

With a recent semi-victory, whistle-blower Robert MacLean may not only have given himself a shot at getting his old job back, but he may have also created a precedent for future federal whistle-blowers. In the post-9/11 world, people like him show us how deep the Washington rabbit hole really goes.

Posted on May 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Has Obama Kept His Open-Government Pledge?

After eight years of tightened access to government records under the Bush administration, open-government advocates were hopeful when Barack Obama promised greater transparency. Four years later, did the president keep his promise?

Posted on Feb 11, 2013 READ MORE


Assange, Potential Enemy of the State, Speaks to U.N.

Speaking from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, a weary Julian Assange denounced the Obama administration for exploiting the Arab Spring for political gain during an address to the United Nations via video link on Wednesday morning. Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald and attorney Michael Ratner comment.

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 READ MORE


Glenn Greenwald Challenges the Surveillance State

Some measure of privacy and secrecy for people is essential, especially when it comes to “effective activism,” the Salon blogger and former constitutional lawyer told an audience at the Socialism 2012 conference last week.

Posted on Jul 6, 2012 READ MORE



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A Former CIA Operative Against Excessive Secrecy

Human rights lawyer Scott Horton, on the Harper’s Magazine website, asks career CIA counterterrorism agent Henry Crumpton what America can do to balance the need for secrecy with the people’s right to know what their government is doing. Crumpton is author of the new book “The Art of Intelligence.”

Posted on Jul 5, 2012 READ MORE


Secrecy, Wars and Civil Liberties

As Chris Hedges reported Monday, American Muslims are being dragged into jail on dubious and unclear connections to terrorism. Meanwhile, the president retains the authority to kill U.S. citizens without trial. But most Americans aren’t speaking up. Salon blogger and constitutional lawyer Glenn Greenwald discusses why.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 READ MORE


Leaked Email Suggests Secret Indictment of WikiLeaks Founder

Internal emails disclosed by Anonymous and WikiLeaks suggest that Stratfor, a private intelligence firm working with the U.S. Justice Department, has information about a confidential “sealed indictment” for the arraignment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 READ MORE



New York Times

The Shadowy Side of Derivatives Trading

Even after the economic crash and subsequent scrutiny of Wall Street, a circle of big banks has managed to maintain a monopoly on derivatives trading and keep a cloak of secrecy over its process.

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So Whatever Happened to Obama’s ‘Sunlight’?

If, as President Obama once claimed, “sunlight is the best disinfectant,” then why is his administration keeping a significant amount of information in the dark? Check out this clip from last night’s “Daily Show” to find out why Jon Stewart is responsible for at least some of that.

Posted on Jun 26, 2009 READ MORE


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Bush’s 11th-Hour Bid for Secrecy

The times are unprecedented. Not since 1861 have we watched the last gasps of an outgoing administration with such anxiety. Then the nation was concerned with drift and inertia; now we watch for further ideological mischief.

Posted on Nov 29, 2008 READ MORE



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NYT: Palin’s Politics Got Personal in Alaska

Although critics are still accusing the “elite media” of unfairly scrutinizing Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, less than two months remain before the Nov. 4 election to suss out who she is and what she stands for. Saturday’s New York Times article on Palin will no doubt draw more protests, but the Times’ findings are worth voters’ close consideration before they head to the polling booths.

Posted on Sep 13, 2008 READ MORE



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Carter Sheds Light on Israel’s Nukes

Israel’s nuclear arsenal is something of a mystery. In fact, it doesn’t officially have one, but it doesn’t officially not have one either (wink wink). Former President Jimmy Carter lifted the shroud of secrecy over the weekend when he revealed that “Israel has 150 or more” nukes. Carter was attempting to put Iran’s alleged nuclear shenanigans in perspective.

Posted on May 26, 2008 READ MORE


Privatizing Murder

There is no set piece more emblematic of the tragic farce that is the American involvement in Iraq than the grotesque episode of Blackwater USA and the killing of civilians in Baghdad—at least nine and as many as 28—on Sunday.

Posted on Sep 20, 2007 READ MORE


Administration Plays Hide and Seek With Missing E-Mails

In an apparent effort to keep the estimated 5 million missing White House e-mails missing, the Justice Department is claiming that the White House Office of Administration, which handles IT support for the executive branch, is not covered by freedom-of-information law. Press-freedom advocate Lucy Dalglish notices a trend: “When they don’t want to comply with the law, they just shamelessly argue they are not subject to the law.”

Posted on Aug 22, 2007 READ MORE


Obama: Not Everything Is Bush’s Fault

So far the Democratic primary race has been something of a competition over who most disapproves of our unpopular president, so it was a surprise when Barack Obama on Wednesday let this fly: “Part of the problem here is not just George Bush and the White House.” (Gasp!) He went on to promise a more open government under his care, arguing that our democracy is not democratic enough.

Posted on Aug 15, 2007 READ MORE


White House Concealed Bush Ailment

About a year ago, the president came down with an unconfirmed case of Lyme disease, the White House has said. Spokesman Scott Stanzel said the ailment wasn’t disclosed to the public because Bush had already had his physical and “It’s not uncommon for the president to have tick bites when he’s out biking.” That’s just gross.

Posted on Aug 8, 2007 READ MORE


Pentagon Releases 9/11 Mastermind’s Confession

The military has released a confession attributed to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the supposed mastermind of 9/11. According to the partially redacted transcript of his secret hearing, Mohammed claimed responsibility for 28 attacks, including 9/11, the Bali bombing, a number of operations that were never carried out and some that were not thought to be closely related to al-Qaida.

Posted on Mar 14, 2007 READ MORE


Have You Passed the New Democratic Sniff Test?

The George Soros-backed Democracy Alliance pools contributions from the richest progressive donors in the country to fund advocacy groups capable of building a counterweight to the well-entrenched conservative movement. But there’s a potential dark side for groups whose views don’t conform to the Alliance’s…. (more)

Posted on Jul 17, 2006 READ MORE


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