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2015: The Year in Government Secrecy

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Here's a rundown on how this past year shaped up on the issue of government accountability (hint: not well) from someone who knows quite a bit on the subject: reporter Jason Leopold, who's familiarized himself thoroughly on the secrecy tip as well as on the Freedom of Information Act and its uses.

'The Fukushima Secrecy Syndrome'

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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.

How a Thug State Operates

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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.

Company Stifles Consumer Complaint Via Secret Court Filings

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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.

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