Groups Carry on Fight Against Secret Law

OpenTheGovernment.org and several of our partners recently joined the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) on an amicus brief in support of The New York Times' suit challenging the government's decision to deny access to Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel(OLC) memos about the Administration's targeted killing program. The OLC opinion at issue is one example of the government's decision to deny the public access to authoritative legal opinions, an issue commonly referred to as secret law (see here for another altogether too recent example). The public needs to have a clear understanding of the how the Administration interprets our nation's laws, and what actions they can take as a result of those interpretations. Moreover, as the amicus brief argues, past publication of OLC opinions has promoted public discourse, fostered government oversight, and led to well-informed policy decisions.

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