Sixty-three organizations, including OpenTheGovernment.org and many of our coalition partners and tech companies, joined the Center for Democracy and Technology to call for more transparency of government communications surveillance. The letter accompanied the launch of the reform campaign StopWatching.Us.
Seventeen organizations, including OpenTheGovernment.org, joined the Constitution Project to ask President Obama to declassify the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigative report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program.
Each year, the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) reports to the President on the statistics and costs government classification and declassification programs. The report for FY 2012 is available here.
Recent revelations regarding the government's domestic spying are raising significant questions about the scope and breadth of the programs. Amid all of the questions, however, one thing is becoming increasingly clear: the government has been making significant decisions -- in secret -- about what is appropriate under our laws and Constitution.
In a statement regarding the leak of an order signed by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) compelling Verizon to turn over a mass collection of telephone call logs to the National Security Agency, we noted that the news likely was a shock for many Americans.
The recent news that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) ordered Verizon to turn over to the National Security Agency the mass collection of telephone call logs generated by millions of Verizon customers likely comes as a shock for many Americans. While officials within all three branches of our government signed off on or were briefed on the program, the public has been left completely in the dark about the scope and the extent of the government’s domestic spying.
It appears that soon some news agencies will have an opportunity to hear from Attorney General Eric Holder about changes in the Department of Justice's guidelines for issuing a subpoena for phone records from news organization (though some news agencies will not attend because the meeting will be off the record).
In a speech at the National Defense University on Thursday, May 23rd, President Obama discussed Congressional oversight of targeted killing with drones and the declassification of the deaths of four U.S. citizens killed by drone strikes abroad, including Anwar Awlaki.