OpenTheGovernment.org welcomes the long-overdue release of the Executive Summary of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s study of the CIA torture program. We were appalled by the 11th-hour attempt to intimidate Senator Feinstein and the Intelligence Committee out of releasing the report, and relieved that she resisted that pressure. The argument that government abuses cannot be revealed because of their severity is incompatible with the First Amendment, the rule of law, and accountable government.
In conjunction with our friends at the Newseum Institute, we are pleased to invite you to help us kick-off Sunshine Week 2014 at the National Freedom of Information Day Celebration on Friday, March 14. You can join live at the Newseum --reserve your seat now by registering online -- or via webcast.
Friday, March 14:
National Freedom of Information Day Event, 8:30am-afternoon
Sponsors: OpenTheGovernment.org, the Newseum Institute, American Association of Law Libraries, Association of Research Libraries, Center for Effective Government, Project On Government Oversight, Special Libraries Association, Sunlight Foundation, Sunshine in Government Initiative
In mid-January OpenTheGovernment.org will be hosting a community "town hall" to help groups share their early plans for Sunshine Week 2014 (March 16 - 22). As you likely know, Sunshine Week, which is centered around James Madison's birthday, is a national initiative to promote public understanding of open government issues.