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OTG Releases New Report Highlighting Challenges to Transparency in Washington, a Growing Surveillance State, and Attacks on Press Freedoms

Open the Government (OTG) released a new report, Closing Democracy’s Window: The Growing Culture of Secrecy in Washington and the Erosion of the Public’s Right to Know. To document the   Read Full


In Sunshine Week Declaration Condemning Threats to Openness, Coalition Warns that Laws and Norms Protecting Open Government are Being Eclipsed

Leading Organizations Call for More Accountability and Transparency, While Expressing Concern about Growing Culture of Secrecy in Washington   Read Full


OTG’s Executive Director Condemns Reported Trump Decision to Keep Guantanamo Prison Open

Guantanamo military commissions have failed to secure terrorism convictions at the same rate as America’s more open and transparent federal courts   Read Full


Nunes Alleges FISA Abuse in Secret Memo; Yet he and Others Voted for Reauthorization of the Most Unregulated Area of the Law Without Protections for Americans

Congress and President Trump Should Use Opportunity to Revisit FISA and Discuss Updating Law to Ensure it is More Transparent and Accountable   Read Full


Trump Administration Blocks Access to Report on Handling of the Travel Ban; Open Government Groups Appeal Decision

OTG and POGO call for Immediate Disclosure to Ensure Accountability for Travel Ban Abuses   Read Full


Dangerous Provision Slipped into the Continuing Resolution Allows Secret Transfer of Intelligence Funding without Congressional Oversight

Open the Government Executive Director, Lisa Rosenberg, called on the House today to reject a disturbing provision in the budget bill that would permit President Donald Trump and intelligence agencies   Read Full


Senate Abdicates Leadership on FISA, Opening the Door to Targeting Americans with Abusive Surveillance Tactics

OTG expressed dismay with today’s vote to reauthorize and expand Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), calling it an abdication of Senate leadership and a troubling step   Read Full


VIDEO: OTG’s Lisa Rosenberg on the Thom Hartmann Show to Discuss FISA 702

Watch Open the Government Executive Director Lisa Rosenberg’s appearance on the Thom Hartmann Show. We thank @Thom_Hartmann for covering FISA 702 reauthorization, an important issue that all Americans should know   Read Full


House Vote Leaves In Place Dangerous Spy Program that Often Targets Americans

FISA 702 Reauthorization without Reform is a Travesty and an Attack on the Civil Liberties of All Americans, says Lisa Rosenberg, OTG’s Executive Director   Read Full


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   Read Full