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Only 3 of 23 Transparency Caucus members support bill against Secret Law

When the Congressional Transparency Caucus was founded on May 10 2011, it published a mission statement that declared the beliefs of the caucus. Some excerpts:

Transparency in government is crucial to our democracy because our government derives its power from the informed consent of the governed. We believe:

1. The American people have the right […]

Independent Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Schedules Meeting on PRISM Surveillance Scandal

If you care about warrantless surveillance by the United States Government, it’s worth periodically checking this Federal Register page to find out what the long-overdue, finally-formed Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is up to. By law, the PCLOB has independent power unsquelchable by Congress or the President to subpoena classified or unclassified information regarding […]

Department of Homeland Security Starts Up Surveillance of Seize DC

About a month ago, Citizens for Legitimate Government (an activist group that started up during the Bush-Gore election count debacle) started up SeizeDC, an activist website calling for the nonviolent “peaceful, not passive” occupation of Washington, DC on September 10 2011 to protest “endless war” internationally and the deployment of the security state at home:

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ACLU Teams with Journalists to offer Ohio Muckraking Workshop March 18

As someone who occasionally dips into government records for information, I’ve gotten used to journalists and nonprofits being less than helpful and protecting their sources. But I’m pleasantly surprised to see that the ACLU, the Ohio Newspaper Association and other Ohio advocacy groups are bucking the trend by sharing what they know, putting together an […]

Your Government is in a Rush to Pass a Constitution-Shrinking Law Before the Public Reads it. Why?

Your government is in a big rush. All of a sudden, poof!, just like that, dealmakers in Congress have announced that a bill called H.R. 6304 will be voted on tomorrow.

But here’s the thing — the bill is so new, just introduced, that the Library of Congress hasn’t even yet published it for, oh, […]