Letters


Cut It Out: Broad Coalition Calls on Congress to Remove Provision Criminalizing Reasonable Disclosures from Intelligence Authorization Act

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New provision would allow prosecution of reporters (or anyone) who discloses identity of current or retired operatives Washington, D.C. — Pushing against a recent move by the Central Intelligence Agency   Read Full


47 Organizations Urge Congress to Support Amash-Lofgren Amendment and Rein in Warrantless Surveillance

More than 45 diverse organizations signed and sent a letter to members of Congress urging bipartisan support for the Amash-Lofgren amendment to H.R. 2740. The amendment would limit warrantless surveillance   Read Full


OTG, coalition support bill to make reports to Congress public

On Monday, OpenTheGovernment joined 37 other open government and accountability groups in supporting the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act (ACMRA), H.R.4631. The ACMRA, which was introduced in the House   Read Full


Coalition calls for stronger surveillance reforms to protect against warrantless surveillance of Americans

Today, OTG joined a letter calling on members of the House Judiciary Committee to close the loophole in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that the government uses to conduct   Read Full


Coalition voices support for strong bipartisan Senate surveillance reform legislation

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OpenTheGovernment joined a letter of support today for bipartisan legislation to reform the warrantless surveillance law that gives the government sweeping authority to collect communications of people within and outside   Read Full


OTG joins EPIC, openness groups in demanding release of President’s tax returns

Wednesday, OTG joined the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and 16 other open government and accountability groups in a letter calling on the IRS and the Congressional Joint Committee on   Read Full


House bill needs stronger reforms to ensure transparency and accountability for government surveillance programs

Updated: October 13, 2017 – Today, OpenTheGovernment joined a coalition of government accountability, privacy, civil rights and civil liberties organizations, calling on Congress to strengthen the surveillance reform bill introduced by   Read Full


Updated: Government accountability groups condemn secrecy provisions in House and Senate border security bills

Updated: October 18, 2017 Please read and share our one-pagers: The Border Security for America Act (H.R.3548) The Building America’s Trust Act (S.1757)  In August, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and   Read Full


Coalition: Justice Department’s demand for protest website data raises privacy and civil liberty concerns

Today, a broad coalition of over 70 public interest organizations sent a letter to the Attorney General expressing concern over the Justice Department’s demand for information associated with a protest-organizing   Read Full


Coalition calls on Congress to enhance transparency and accountability for private prisons

Today, a coalition of organizations committed to government openness and accountability, civil liberties, human rights, and civil rights, is calling on Congress to support legislation demanding greater transparency from private   Read Full