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Journalists on the Government’s Blacklist

As states move to hide details of government deals with Wall Street, and as politicians come up with new arguments to defend secrecy, a study released earlier this month revealed that many government information officers block specific journalists they don’t like from accessing information.

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President Obama Needs to Cancel Executive Order 12333

There’s a chance you’re being watched right now.

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Aaron Swartz Can’t Fight the New Cybersecurity Bill, So We Must Do It

A year-and-a-half after Swartz killed himself because of pressure from felonies he faced over alleged “cyber crimes,” the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act is set to give the government the power to collect and share content from emails, texts or other written communications without a warrant, ACLU adviser Gabe Rottman says.

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The Five Commandments of Barack Obama

In his first weeks in office, in a series of executive orders and public statements, the new president broadcast for all to hear the five commandments by which life in his new world of national security would be lived.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE


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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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Child’s Death in Drone Strike Tests Obama’s Transparency Pledge

Despite Obama’s pledge in May “to facilitate transparency and debate” about the U.S. war on al-Qaida-linked militants beyond Afghanistan, the administration won’t respond to the first prominent allegation of a civilian death since the president delivered his major speech.

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Warren Asks White House for Transparency, Christie Slow Jams the News, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Sen. Marco Rubio’s immigration reform bill threat and the circumstances in which Ann Coulter thinks the Republican Party “deserves to die.”

Posted on Jun 13, 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.

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The Death of Truth

By Chris Hedges—The use of vast global resources against Julian Assange and WikiLeaks presages a dystopian world where anyone who exposes corruption, lies and crimes of power will be branded a terrorist.

Posted on May 6, 2013 READ MORE


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Why the Western Media Hate Julian Assange

Professional jealousy; dogmatic institutionalism; craven loyalty to power. Glenn Greenwald fires a devastating salvo at the British and American press for their dogged campaign of “disgusting slander” against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Posted on Aug 23, 2012 READ MORE



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Meet the Media Companies Lobbying Against Transparency

Many of the country’s biggest media companies—which own dozens of newspapers and TV news operations—are flexing their muscle in Washington in a fight against a government initiative to increase transparency of political spending.

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 READ MORE



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OWS Organizer Questions Intentions of Secretive Affinity Group

Over a pair of steaming coffee cups, I was told that a secret faction has developed within New York City’s Occupy movement, made up of big-name celebrities and would-be leaders, some of whom look determined to steer the movement in a direction of their choosing.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE


The Fed Makes a Show of Transparency

When you sit back and ponder all the ways in which our government’s functionality might be improved, you immediately seize upon the notion that if Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke held news conferences, we’d be that much closer to a true democracy, right?

Posted on Apr 27, 2011 READ MORE


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The Supreme Court’s Audio Anxiety

In the age of Twitter and video-chats, the court apparently still finds that allowing the public to hear audio of its proceedings would be overly intrusive.

Posted on Apr 15, 2010 READ MORE


Push for More Transparency.gov

In a push for increased government transparency, the Obama administration has announced it will require each Cabinet-level department to post online three collections of “high-value” data—covering everything from tire safety ratings to workplaces where injuries have occurred—previously undisclosed to the public.

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China Defends Its Great Firewall

More than a week after a row between China and Google over censorship practices, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton publicly called on Beijing to lift restrictions on Internet use, to which China responded by denouncing the criticism as “groundless.”

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 READ MORE



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An Omen in the Prop. 8 Battle?

Many fear that a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court may be an omen on how the court might rule if the legal battle over Proposition 8 arrives in Washington. The 5-4 decision ruled that Internet streaming of the Prop. 8 trial in San Francisco would cause a hostile public climate toward anti-gay marriage advocates.

Posted on Jan 17, 2010 READ MORE


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Obama Outs Iranian Nuclear Site

Following Thursday’s U.N. Security Council resolution aimed at halting nuclear proliferation, President Obama announced Friday that Iran has concealed a partly built second uranium enrichment plant. The Iranians admitted existence of the plant but asserted that it would be used only for peaceful purposes.

Posted on Sep 25, 2009 READ MORE


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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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White House All Atwitter

It’s not entirely clear how the White House joining the cyber-ranks of MySpace, Facebook and Twitter will serve to make the American government more “transparent” and “efficient,” but perhaps micro-blogging will save our democracy ... or maybe we’ll get to hear about what Joe Biden had for lunch.

Posted on May 1, 2009 READ MORE


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This Is How We Did It

Growing evidence of British complicity  in “unacceptable activities,” including participation in U.S. torture practices, has prompted Prime Minister Gordon Brown to publish the rules that determine how U.K. intelligence agencies MI5 and MI6 can interrogate suspects.

Posted on Mar 18, 2009 READ MORE


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Obama Announces New Ethics Rules, Freezes Aides’ Salaries

President Obama says “[t]ransparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones” of his administration. To that end, he will toughen lobbying restrictions and require all federal agencies to give high priority to Freedom of Information Act requests. The president also announced a pay freeze for about 100 of his highest-paid aides.

Posted on Jan 21, 2009 READ MORE


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Team Obama’s New Transparency Tactic

If the secret policy wonk in you has always hankered to sit in on those exciting meetings that happen in elite circles of government, you’re in luck—members of the Obama transition team have found another way to use the Web with their new “Seat at the Table” initiative.

Posted on Dec 5, 2008 READ MORE



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Obama’s E-Mail Dilemma

The president-elect is a notorious gadget hound who has been known to carry multiple cell phones, but he faces a looming downgrade. Because the public has a right to presidential records, Barack Obama will probably give up his precious Blackberry—and quit e-mailing altogether. However, he is likely to be the first president with a laptop on his desk.

Posted on Nov 17, 2008 READ MORE


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