Yesterday, OpenTheGovernment joined a coalition of civil rights, privacy rights, and civil liberty organizations calling for Congress to support reforms to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to prevent the FBI and domestic law enforcement agencies from engaging in unlawful surveillance of U.S. persons.
WASHINGTON, June 26 – Today, OpenTheGovernment and a coalition of organizations committed to government openness and accountability are calling for Congress to oppose the Department of Defense’s (DoD) proposal to alter the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in FY18’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
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.
President Trump’s unprecedented use of Twitter has for months prompted concerns over preservation of his Twitter accounts.
OpenTheGovernment is calling on the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to not abandon his commitment to provide a public estimate of the number of Americans whose digital communications are collected under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act – a provision providing the NSA broad authority to spy on foreign targets.
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.
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.
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:
After missing an important opportunity to demand greater transparency from the White House nominee picked to oversee the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), members of the Senate Judiciary Committee submitted questions for the record to get answers from Steven A. Engel on how he would approach disclosure policies as head of an office plagued with secrecy.