So far, the Trump Administration has shown a willingness to accelerate the use of military force overseas, while continuing and sometimes expanding on the excessive secrecy of its predecessors. As the number of civilian casualties from U.S. strikes grows at a shocking pace, government transparency and Congressional oversight may be the surest way to advance accountability in U.S. use of military force.
Excessive secrecy has been a hallmark of the use of lethal force by the United States since the September 11th attacks, both in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and in drone strikes and other operations outside areas of active hostilities. The Trump Administration has so far continued to reject transparency around military actions, in some ways further shrouding the military and the drone program in secrecy.
RSVP now for a Town Hall on Improving Transparency & Oversight in Immigration Detention – November 3rd
OTG Forum Identifies Opportunities for Engagement on Transparent Policing and Accountable Law Enforcement Advocacy
“The data helps us balance the playing field” – grassroots organizers speaking at OTG’s January 27, 2016 town hall
On January 27, 2016, OpenTheGovernment.org hosted a Town Hall event attended by open government organizations, data specialists, civil right groups, grassroots organizers, and criminal justice proponents. The panelists were Kanya Bennett (ACLU), Sakira Cook (Leadership Conference), Damian Ortellado (Sunlight Foundation), and Scott Roberts (ColorofChange).
RESCHEDULED, January 27th: RSVP for Open Government Town Hall on Transparent Policing and Accountable Law Enforcement
UPDATED, January 20, 2016: Our Town Town event has been re-scheduled due to the severe weather forecast. It will now be held on January 27th, 11am-1pm.
OTG held a community Town Hall event yesterday featuring speakers with years of experience promoting public access to information on U.S. security and development aid.
This September’s Town Hall will feature dynamic speakers who will engage in a lively discussion about government and civil society initiatives underway to make available information on foreign aid and security assistance, and impediments that remain for the public to access such information. The speakers have years of experience engaging in efforts to improve public access to information on U.S. security and development aid.
If you are in the DC area, please join us for our next open government community town hall on Monday, September 29 from noon - 2! OpenTheGovernment.org hosts these quarterly events to give open government enthusiasts the opportunity to connect with each other, and share information about the great work going on at their organizations.
Join OTG at an Open Government Community Town Hall from 12 to 2pm ET on Wednesday, May 28th. Attendees will have the opportunity to share their organization’s activities and reconnect with other partners in the community. Rick Blum of the Sunshine in Government Initiative will kick things off with an overview of the FOIA Files, an interactive resource of journalism made possible by the Freedom of Information Act.