In Letter Signed by More than Thirty Organizations, Members of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence urged to Oppose Gina Haspel CIA Nomination

May 15, 2018 - More than thirty diverse organizations signed a letter that was sent today to members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence urging the lawmakers to oppose Gina Haspel’s nomination as CIA Director. The groups are concerned that Haspel supervised torture, facilitated its cover-up, and obstructed access to her record on these matters, showing a lack of respect for transparency, accountability and the rule of law.

In hearing, Gina Haspel stokes fears about transparency, accountability

In her confirmation hearing today, Gina Haspel fueled fears that as CIA Director she would repeat the mistakes of the past and further undermine congressional oversight, transparency, and the rule of law. During her questioning by members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Haspel confirmed several troubling aspects of her involvement in CIA torture, refused to directly condemn the torture program, and even offered new information that called her judgement into further question.

Open the Government Executive Director Lisa Rosenberg Releases Statement for the Record Opposing Gina Haspel’s Nomination to Lead the CIA

May 9, 2018 - Open the Government Executive Director Lisa Rosenberg submitted a statement for the record on Gina Haspel’s nomination hearing today, detailing why the organization opposes Haspel’s nomination to lead the Central Intelligence Agency. The statement expressed concerns that Haspel’s actions have undermined transparency and accountability, and that “the CIA chose to release only information that cast Ms. Haspel in a positive light” which would make having a “truly open debate…very much in doubt.”

Coalition Calls on Congress to Oppose Defense Department’s FOIA Exemption Carve-Out

May 8, 2018 -- In a letter sent to Congress on Monday, Open the Government called on lawmakers to oppose a Pentagon proposal that would add a new secrecy provision to the FY19 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The provision attempts to create a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) carve-out for certain records, that, if enacted, could shield information about the military’s handling of sexual assault complaints, its oversight of contractors, and its interrogation and treatment of prisoners. Congress should use its oversight responsibilities to stop this latest attempt by the Pentagon to exempt itself from public scrutiny and to undermine the people’s right to know.

OTG’s Executive Director Applauds Congress for Protecting the Public’s Right to Know About the Results of the Mueller Investigation

April 26, 2018 -- Open the Government Executive Director, Lisa Rosenberg, commends the Senate Judiciary Committee for supporting an amendment that significantly advances transparency and accountability for the Robert Mueller investigation. Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee debated and passed the bipartisan Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, a bill to protect special counsels from undue firing. The legislation included an amendment introduced by Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) that requires the Justice Department to provide a report to Congress if a special counsel is removed, or when the investigation is concluded. Without such a provision, openness advocates warn, the final results of the Mueller probe might never see the light of day.

OTG Supports the Special Counsel Transparency Act of 2018 to Ensure the Results of Mueller’s Investigation are Preserved and Shared with Congress

April 17, 2018 -- Open the Government expressed support for the Special Counsel Transparency Act of 2018, which was introduced today in the House of Representatives by Reps. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Ted Lieu (D-CA), and David Cicilline (D-R.I.) The bill seeks to preserve the work of the Justice Department’s investigation into the 2016 election, in the event the Trump Administration dismisses Special Counsel Robert Mueller.