Transparency and Acountability

August 9, 2017
maximum security prison

Secrecy & Prisons Are a Toxic Mix

Until we can abolish for-profit prisons, let's at lease make sure they aren't allowed to continue to operate in total secrecy. It's time to close the FOIA loophole for private prisons.
August 3, 2017
a prison cell in the shape of the map of the US

Private Prisons Should Not Operate In Secrecy

Private prison companies that receive federal funding provide the same service as government agencies, but, by asserting their status as private entities, claim that they are not subject to public records laws such as the FOIA.
July 19, 2017
NSA sign

Take Action: Tell Congress to Reform or Reject Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act

We have a chance to rein in mass surveillance, by demanding Congress support serious reforms of Section 702, like requiring a warrant to access our communications or preventing such communications from being swept up and stored in a database in the first place.
July 18, 2017
the facade of the Archives of the United States building

Defending Rights & Dissent Joins Transparency Groups in Trying to Prevent CIA from Destroying Records

The CIA recently received tentative approval from the National Archives and Records Administration to destroy files that allegedly have no historical significance. Defending Rights & Dissent joined the National Security Archives, OpenTheGoverment, and Demand Progress in submitting comments opposing the planned destruction of documents.
July 11, 2017
People protesting

Rights Groups File FOIA to Uncover Details About Police Use of Force, Infiltration of Inauguration Protests

DC National Lawyers Guild (DC NLG) and Defending Rights and Dissent, two groups who defend the right to protest, are demanding answers about the Metropolitan Police Department’s conduct during anti-Trump inauguration protests.
June 15, 2017
Whistle On American Flag

Demand That Charges Against Winner Be Dropped

On this centennial of one the worst pieces of legislation ever passed, join us in standing up to yet another abuse of it. Reality Winner and all other whistleblower should not be charged with any crime at all.
June 1, 2017
The White House

Senators push Justice Department nominee for answers on secret law

The OpenTheGovernment coalition advocated for questions that would shed light on the Justice Department’s justifications for withholding OLC opinions, including opinions justifying controversial policies such as mass surveillance practices, targeted killing programs, and use of torture in interrogation practices.
February 28, 2017
screenshot of the homepage of the OGIS, which is the FOIA ombudsman

Openness Groups, Urge FOIA Ombudsman to Revise Strict Confidentiality Requirements

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.
January 17, 2017

Victory! Chelsea Manning to Go Free!

Chelsea Manning is going to come home. And we could not be more happy
January 17, 2017
US Capitol

Government Accountability Groups Cry Foul Over Rep. Chaffetz’s Attack on Office of Government Ethics

BORDC/DDF joined with 20 government accountability groups and ethics experts today to call on the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Rep. Chaffetz (R-UT), to desist from apparent efforts to undermine the Office of Government Ethics (OGE). Many
January 17, 2017

Take Action to Free Chelsea Manning Now!

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.
January 11, 2017
banners with Chelsea Manning picture at SF gay pride parade

Chelsea Manning Reportedly on President Obama’s “Short List” for Commutation

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.
December 13, 2016

Senate Torture Report Won’t Disappear, But Won’t Be Released

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.
December 6, 2016

Tell President Obama: Release the Senate Torture Report

The Red Cross just released a report that shows “the United States has a higher tolerance for torture than any other country on the U.N. Security Council, and Americans are more comfortable with torture than citizens of war-ravaged countries such
November 29, 2016

Manning in Prison, Snowden in Exile, Petraeus in…the Next Presidential Cabinet?

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.