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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 19, 2017 READ MORE
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Trump Is Hiring Former Lobbyists for Roles in Related Agencies, Sparking Ethics Concerns


In one case, an official working on energy regulation had recently lobbied for oil and coal companies—and the White House won’t say whether he was granted an ethics waiver.

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 READ MORE

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Posted on Sep 19, 2016 ENLARGE

Here’s Proof That the U.K. Has Helped America’s National Security Agency With Its Targeted Killings


“The UK flamboyantly touts its death penalty opposition, yet uses [a] (previously) secret base with the US to target people for due-process-free assassinations,” wrote journalist Glenn Greenwald in a Facebook post linking to a groundbreaking Intercept investigation by Ryan Gallagher.

Posted on Sep 6, 2016 READ MORE

Questions About Clinton Campaign’s Transparency Ramp Up After a Weekend of Closed Fundraisers


The Democratic presidential nominee hasn’t held a news conference in more than 260 days, despite growing concerns about her use of a personal email server and the role of the Clinton Foundation during her tenure as secretary of state. (Pictured, Martha’s Vineyard, a Massachusetts island where Clinton raised funds last weekend.)

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 READ MORE

Turkey Closes Over 600 Schools, Fires Thousands of Teachers in Wake of Failed Coup


President Erdogan is now cracking down on academics, government and civil service workers, and establishments perceived to support his opposition. He believes Fethullah Gülen, a self-exiled cleric who lives in the U.S., was behind last week’s revolt.

Posted on Jul 20, 2016 READ MORE

How to Disappear Money, Pentagon-Style


By keeping us in the dark about how it spends our money, the Pentagon has made it virtually impossible for anyone to hold it accountable for just about anything.

Posted on May 25, 2016 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Stephanie Grimes, Former Editor at the Las Vegas Review-Journal


She strove to reveal changing editorial practices in the months after the publication was purchased by Sheldon Adelson, a billionaire benefactor to the Republican Party.

Posted on May 14, 2016 READ MORE

Robert Scheer Talks With Journalist Jason Leopold About the Power of the FOIA (Audio)

A reporter for Vice News, Leopold spent years using the Freedom of Information Act to sue the U.S. government to obtain documents he believes Americans are entitled to know about, leading some in the government to brand him a “FOIA terrorist.”

Posted on Apr 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Trending on Twitter: Blocking Access to Politicians’ Deleted Tweets


The social media giant’s decision to end public access to its websites that archive politicians’ deleted tweets alarms transparency advocates.

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 READ MORE

Julian Assange on WikiLeaks’ Comeback: ‘We Are Drowning in Material’


In an interview, Assange describes WikiLeaks’ recent progress, saying that the site now “has more than 10 million documents and associated analyses.”

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 READ MORE

U.S. Drone Strike Kills American Hostage of al-Qaida


President Obama expressed “profound regret” over the deaths of two hostages—an American and an Italian—in a drone strike on al-Qaida in January before praising what he described as his administration’s exceptionally transparent response to the tragedy.

Posted on Apr 23, 2015 READ MORE

White House Office Celebrates Sunshine Week by Thwarting Freedom of Information Act Requests


Civil liberties advocates now have yet another reason to say President Obama has broken his 2008 promise to run the most transparent White House in history.

Posted on Mar 20, 2015 READ MORE

Technology Does Not Guarantee Transparency


In theory, the changeover from paper to email should make government more transparent. But two New York politicos are showing that the era of Big Data does not necessarily mean the public gets a better view of its government.

Posted on Mar 8, 2015 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton: ‘I Want the Public to See My Email’ (Updated)


Is the controversy over Hillary Clinton’s clandestine approach to email, involving her exclusive use of a personal email account while secretary of state, about transparency or partisan politicking in the run-up to the 2016 presidential campaign season?

Posted on Mar 5, 2015 READ MORE

Why Twitter’s Lawsuit Could Make or Break Transparency


President Obama has called his administration the “most transparent in history,” but instead of allowing companies to be completely transparent regarding their involvement in government surveillance, Washington has muzzled them.

Posted on Oct 21, 2014 READ MORE

Journalists on the Government’s Blacklist


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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.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE

President Obama Needs to Cancel Executive Order 12333


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

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Jul 13, 2014 READ MORE

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

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

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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

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


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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.

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 READ MORE

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

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


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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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Posted on Mar 9, 2013 ENLARGE

Why the Western Media Hate Julian Assange


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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

Meet the Media Companies Lobbying Against Transparency


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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

OWS Organizer Questions Intentions of Secretive Affinity Group


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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 WATCH & LISTEN

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.

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 READ MORE

China Defends Its Great Firewall


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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

An Omen in the Prop. 8 Battle?


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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

Obama Outs Iranian Nuclear Site

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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

So Whatever Happened to Obama’s ‘Sunlight’?

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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 WATCH & LISTEN

White House All Atwitter

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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

This Is How We Did It

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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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Posted on Jan 26, 2009 ENLARGE

Obama Announces New Ethics Rules, Freezes Aides’ Salaries

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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

Team Obama’s New Transparency Tactic

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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

Obama’s E-Mail Dilemma


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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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