OTG Opposes Effort to Reauthorize and Expand Surveillance Law that Weakens Fourth Amendment Protections
FISA 702 Reauthorization without Reforms is a Grave Threat to the Civil Liberties of All Americans
WASHINGTON – Open the Government strenuously opposes straight reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), and views it as a direct assault on Americans’ Fourth Amendment protections and privacy rights. Worse, reauthorization without reform would enshrine and could expand dangerous spy programs that threaten to undermine constitutional protections.
OTG Condemns EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for Undermining Open Government and Keeping his Work Shielded from Public View
As we have seen in the United States, political transitions can be a precarious time for government openness and accountability. There are myriad ways that governments backslide, ranging from abandoning international agreements and multi-stakeholder initiatives, to threatening the independence of courts and legislative bodies, to direct attacks against journalists, civil society and political opponents.
Coalition Expresses Opposition to Bill that would Drastically Expand Authority of Department of Homeland Security
The secrecy surrounding government surveillance has been a long-standing challenge for those working to defend against threats to Americans’ privacy, civil liberties and civil rights. Under the Trump Administration, advocates working on these issues have identified a growing need for greater transparency and accountability relating to government surveillance practices. There is a strong need to know, for example, how intelligence agencies are sharing information with the FBI and domestic law enforcement agencies, and the impact this has on the criminal justice system.