Topic: Transparency and Acountability
The proposed requirements could severely undercut the role of the Office of Government Information Services in providing expertise on FOIA issues for other agencies, lawyers, and judges, as well as the public.
Chelsea Manning is going to come home. And we could not be more happy
Last week it was leaked that Chelsea Manning is on President Obama’s shortlist for commutations. There are less than three days left until Obama leaves office. Time could not be more of the essence for Chelsea Manning.
NBC News is reporting that Chelsea Manning, who has served 7 years of a 35 year sentence, is on President Obama’s “short list” for commutation.
On December 9, 2016 President Barack Obama wrote to Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the Vice-Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, to inform her that he had included the Senate Torture Report amongst his presidential records. This move means the Senate Torture Report will be preserved under the Presidential Record Act and could be declassified in 12 years.
The juxtaposition of Petraeus with whistleblowers like Jeffrey Sterling, Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning and John Kiriakou illustrates a massive double standard: if you leak information for the public good then you are a traitor, but if you leak information out of pure negligence from a position of power then you can be the next secretary of state.
On Monday, November 21, Cambridge Mayor Denise Simmons introduced an ordinance to require transparency and oversight of police surveillance technology.