Speaker Paul Ryan this week secretly removed a provision from the House version of the FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would have reinstated a degree of Congressional oversight on military engagement authorized by the White House.
OpenTheGovernment is joining calls to halt the CIA’s proposal to destroy records it considers historically “insignificant.” The CIA’s proposal, submitted to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) last month, could give the agency broad authority to destroy crucial documentary evidence of the CIA’s activities, including information from the CIA’s investigative files, counterintelligence records, documents on CIA assets (spy files), as well as CIA investigations int
Excessive secrecy has been a hallmark of the use of lethal force by the United States since the September 11th attacks, both in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and in drone strikes and other operations outside areas of active hostilities. The Trump Administration has so far continued to reject transparency around military actions, in some ways further shrouding the military and the drone program in secrecy.
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.