DOJ Beats Out “Crowded Field” to Win National Security Archive’s Rosemary Award

The National Security Archive announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is the recipient of the infamous Rosemary Award for worst open government performance over the past year. The award is named after President Nixon's secretary, Rose Mary Woods, who erased 18 1/2 minutes of a crucial Watergate tape. Among the lowlights cited in the announcement, are: selective and abusive prosecutions using espionage laws against whistleblowers as ostensible "leakers" of classified information; persisting recycled legal arguments for greater secrecy throughout Justice's litigation posture, including specious arguments before the Supreme Court in 2011 in direct contradiction to President Obama's "presumption of openness"; retrograde proposed regulations that would allow the government to lie in court about the existence of records sought by FOIA requesters; and a mixed overall record on freedom of information.

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