Photo by the Obama White House
19 Jan 2017

Obama’s Legacy: Refining System Of Secrecy, Cracking Down On Leaks

President Barack Obama’s administration will hand President-elect Donald Trump’s administration a system for secrecy, especially when it comes to concealing military and national security programs and policies, that is stronger than ever. Eight years were spent by the Most Transparent Administration Ever™ refining this system. It succeeded marvelously because administration

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Photo: CC BY-SA HonestReporting.com, flickr/freepress. Source: https://flic.kr/p/owfMYY
07 Sep 2016

The Derangement Of Journalists Against Transparency

Journalists who argue for limiting FOIA so emails are protected betray a great tradition of watchdog journalism.

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Information Awareness Office Logo By USGov-Military [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
11 Apr 2016

Report: Pentagon Not Enforcing Revolving Door Corruption Regulations

A recent report reveals the Pentagon is not keeping track of whether former employees are complying with revolving door laws designed to prevent corruption.

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President Barack Obama makes a phone call in a darkened Oval Office on Oct. 16, 2015. (Flickr / The White House)
09 Feb 2016

Obama Builds On Record Of Transparent Secrecy, Won’t Disclose Thousands Of Torture Photos

Under pressure from the ACLU & the courts, the Pentagon released 200 carefully selected torture photos, but the new photos obscure more than they reveal.

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An FBI logo, photographed in Washington, D.C. on July 16, 2012. (Flickr / J)
03 Feb 2016

Court Decision Stops FBI From Eviscerating Freedom of Information Act

A Washington, D.C. court decision blocks efforts by the FBI to make whole categories of records exempt from the Freedom of Information Act.

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Elizabeth Warren speaks at an IBEW union gathering in Massachusetts in this March 21, 2012 photograph. (Flickr / Edward Kimmel)
29 Oct 2015

Investigation By Elizabeth Warren Reveals Life Insurance Kickback Scheme

Elizabeth Warren revealed a massive life insurance kickback scheme where agents encourage customers to buy substandard coverage in return for personal gain.

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File: San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge seen through a thick fog. (Wikimedia Commons / Brocken Inaglory)
22 Oct 2015

SEC Facing Criticism For Proposed Rules That Reduce Transparency

The SEC’s proposal would make it harder to bring charges of securities fraud by giving Wall Street companies more room to withhold vital information.

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Graphic showing a redacted document with a CENSORED stamp across it.
02 Oct 2015

Blacked Out Pages: U.S. Government Snubs ACLU Over Targeted Killing FOIA

The US government gave the ACLU the equivalent of the middle finger in response to a FOIA request for records on the “targeted killing program.”

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One eye on a human face, along with a lock of hair, lit only by flashlight. (Flickr / Emarline)
24 Sep 2015

A Shadowproof Government — Kevin Gosztola On Occupy.com (VIDEO)

Kevin Gosztola wants media and movements to work together, ensuring that every politician, corporate tool, law and legislation is shadowproof.

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BNY Mellon building (via Mentatmark on Flickr)
24 Sep 2015

No Disclosure Of Foreign Participants In Corruption Probe Of BNY Mellon

Last August, the SEC reached an agreement with BNY Mellon wherein the bank paid $14.8 million to settle charges that the company violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by hiring unqualified interns in exchange for continued access to an unnamed “Middle Eastern Sovereign Wealth Fund.” Not only was the sovereign wealth fund involved in the corruption not named, neither where the two officials who asked for jobs for their relatives.

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