In August, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and six Republican co-sponsors introduced the Building America’s Trust Act (S.1757), an immigration enforcement and border security bill with a $15 billion price tag that covers a vast array of immigration and national security-related issues – and that would be implemented effectively in secret.
Coalition: Justice Department’s demand for protest website data raises privacy and civil liberty concerns
Today, a broad coalition of over 70 public interest organizations sent a letter to the Attorney General expressing concern over the Justice Department’s demand for information associated with a protest-organizing website.
Yesterday, OpenTheGovernment joined a coalition of civil rights, privacy rights, and civil liberty organizations calling for Congress to support reforms to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to prevent the FBI and domestic law enforcement agencies from engaging in unlawful surveillance of U.S. persons.
WASHINGTON, June 26 – Today, OpenTheGovernment and a coalition of organizations committed to government openness and accountability are calling for Congress to oppose the Department of Defense’s (DoD) proposal to alter the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in FY18’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
OpenTheGovernment is calling on the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to not abandon his commitment to provide a public estimate of the number of Americans whose digital communications are collected under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act – a provision providing the NSA broad authority to spy on foreign targets.
Yesterday, OpenTheGovernment joined The Constitution Project and several other organizations in calling for the Trump administration's nominee to head the Office of Legal Counsel - Stephen Engel - to answer important questions regarding the CIA's rendition, detention, and interrogation program.
Thursday, OpenTheGovernment joined a coalition of human rights and government accountability organizations in demanding greater transparency around U.S. airstrikes overseas. Following reports that the White House may be considering weakening policy standards for U.S. use of force overseas, the groups called on the administration to "prioritize transparency and accountability" by:
Washington, May 15, 2017 – Today, OpenTheGovernment called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General to take immediate action to ensure the preservation of and public access to records relating to the dismissal of former FBI Director James Comey.
Updated: OTG and more than 50 organizations call on ICE to comply with FOIA, release data on immigration enforcement cooperation
Update: on May 9, the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) filed a FOIA suit charging Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) with unlawfully withholding information related to ICE's immigration enforcement actions and its interaction with other law enforcement agencies.
WASHINGTON, March 21, 2017 – Today, a coalition of organizations dedicated to government openness and accountability, privacy, human rights, civil rights, and immigrant rights wrote to the Attorney General and Secretary of Homeland Security to urge them to address concerns stemming from recent executive actions on immigration and refugees.