ICE secrecy on immigration enforcement stokes fear, prevents accountability

An internal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) memo obtained by ProPublica appears to confirm what advocates and immigrant communities have suspected for months; the Trump administration is targeting all undocumented immigrants for deportation, rather than a subset with criminal backgrounds as the White House has claimed.

Coalition calls for stronger Congressional oversight of use of military force

In a letter to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Monday, OpenTheGovernment joined a coalition of organizations in calling on Congress to ensure that any new Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) improves transparency and oversight of U.S. wars. The groups commended the Committee for considering the issue of a new AUMF, and urged Senators to hold a full and transparent debate in the full Senate if the Committee moves forward with any new authorization.

OTG joins call for Engel commitment on Torture Report

Yesterday, OpenTheGovernment joined The Constitution Project and several other organizations in calling for the Trump administration's nominee to head the Office of Legal Counsel - Stephen Engel - to answer important questions regarding the CIA's rendition, detention, and interrogation program.

OTG: Torture Report Must Be Released, Not Buried

In a troubling rejection of transparency and accountability, the Trump administration has reportedly begun returning federal agency copies of the Senate Torture Report to Congress. At the request of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), the CIA, the CIA Inspector General, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence have all sent their copies to Congress.

Groups demand transparency & accountability in U.S. airstrikes

Thursday, OpenTheGovernment joined a coalition of human rights and government accountability organizations in demanding greater transparency around U.S. airstrikes overseas. Following reports that the White House may be considering weakening policy standards for U.S. use of force overseas, the groups called on the administration to "prioritize transparency and accountability" by: