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Open the Government Praises Congress for Removing Harmful Amendment that Would Further Militarize Police Departments

This Victory is a Good First Step in Ensuring Our Police Departments Don’t Look Like Platoons, Says OTG 

WASHINGTON – Open The Government, a leading advocate for transparency to promote government accountability, applauds the defeat of a dangerous provision in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would have made it easier for the military to transfer excess hardware to federal, state and local police departments.

Open The Government Supports Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s Calls for Accountability and Transparency of Sexual Harassment Settlements in Congress

The People Have a Right to Know When Their Tax Money is Used for a Sexual Harassment Slush Fund, Says OTG

WASHINGTON – Open The Government, a leading advocate for transparency to promote government accountability, praised Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) today for calling on more "accountability” and “transparency” in dealing with sexual harassment in Congress. 

News Highlights - March 3, 2017

The FBI’s new online FOIA portal is now live
Palantir Provides the Engine for Donald Trump’s Deportation Machine
Obama Administration Rushed to Preserve Intelligence of Russian Election Hacking
Deterring, and Relying Upon, Russia

News Highlights - February 10, 2017

Prison Companies' Bid to Withhold Documents Fails
U.S. senator asks FBI to explain plan to abandon FOIA requests by email
USDA removed animal welfare reports from its site. A showhorse lawsuit may be why.

News Highlights - January 21, 2016

Don’t hide video of force-fed detainee
Case Study in Clarity
NSA Chief Stakes Out Pro-Encryption Position, in Contrast to FBI

U.S. will use facial recognition at airports

OpenTheGovernment.org's Statement on the McCain-Feinstein Anti-Torture Amendment

OpenTheGovernment.org strongly supports passage of Amendment 1889 to the NDAA, the McCain-Feinstein amendment. The amendment would seek to prevent the United States government from ever again engaging in torture, by requiring that:

--All interrogations by the United States government, including by the CIA, must comply with the standards in the Department of Defense’s Field Manual on Interrogation

OpenTheGovernment.org and POGO Oppose Efforts to Further Weaken USA Freedom Act

Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act expired on Sunday, May 31 at midnight, several hours after the Senate voted 77 to 17 to begin debate on the USA Freedom Act. The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) and OpenTheGovernment.org expressed support for Congress’s refusal to re-authorize an illegal surveillance program without major reforms. Both organizations strongly oppose Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s attempts to further weaken the USA Freedom Act through the amendment process. Dr.

The Need for Secrecy Reform to Prevent CIA Abuses

The Guardian has published an op-ed by OpenTheGovernment.org's national security fellow, Katherine Hawkins, on the need to reform the classification system to prevent abuses like those documented in the Senate torture report.  An excerpt is below, and the full text is available on the Guardian's website.