Groups File Brief Fighting Secret Law

OpenTheGovernment.org and several other partners joined Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) in a brief supporting the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s fight against the Department of Justice’s insistence that OLC Opinions must be kept secret under FOIA. In EFF v. the United States Department of Justice, EFF challenges the withholding of OLC opinions and partial reliance on Exemption 5 and its protection for material that falls within the deliberative process and attorney client privileges. The OLC opinion at issue is one example of the growing body of secret law. As the amicus brief points out, the public must have access to authoritative interpretations of the law, like the OLC's memo on federal surveillance authorities, in order for us to have an informed debate about the government's policies, and build a shared understanding of the rule of law. Learn more about the filing here.

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