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Break-in at offices of government watchdog group →

Two weeks ago, there was a break-in at our DC office. TVs, computers and multimedia gear were all left untouched, though there was an attempt to open a locked file cabinet containing mundane financial information. The police believe the break-in was related to our work.

Not Getting Their Money's Worth →

The New York Times’ editorial board cited POGO’s report on the cost of hiring private contractors in their recent piece on the “bloated federal-contractor sector in which the public good is often subservient to profit.”

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"As an American and going to multiple countries and hearing in different languages the same sentiment, which is that ‘I used to think of America in a totally different way until the drone strike happened or until the night raid happened,’ I really did get a clear sense that we are making more enemies than killing terrorists."

Jeremy Scahill on “Dirty Wars” and U.S. National Security

Scahill’s book, “Dirty Wars,” was pat of POGO’s 2013 Summer Reading List. Check out the podcast above and then see what other titles made our list of 10 Books That Matter.

(Source: youtube.com, via silas216)

Meet POGO’s Newest Staffer - National Security Analyst Ethan Rosenkranz

Learn more about Ethan in our Q&A.

Laying Down the Transparency

POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian at the U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) meeting today. It’s a mouthful of a name, but it means that oil, gas, and mining companies will soon have to be more transparent about the natural resources they are taking from public lands. That means taxpayers will know they are getting the right amount of royalties for the billions of dollars these corporations are making off of public resources.

Learn more about EITI.

The Marathon Radio Interview with POGO’s Scott Amey

Recently, POGO General Counsel Scott Amey did an hour and half of back-to-back radio interviews on government contracting and issues with security clearances in the wake of Edward Snowden’s leak of highly classified NSA documents.

POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian speaks at the Ploughshares 2013 Nuclear-Free Legacy Society Luncheon.

See more photos here.

Justice’s Seizure of AP’s Phone Records Threatens Press Freedom →

50,000 Followers!

Thanks so much for being part of our amazing growth in the last year. We just feel so:

You’ve helped us spread our investigations into government waste and conflicts of interest to entirely new audiences and you’ve gotten involved by the tens of thousands by signing petitions and sending letters to your members of Congress.

We just want to say:

“Today, a row of chin-up bars stands beside a grassy mound topped with a manhole cover bearing the words, “WARNING DO NOT FILL.” This is the only visible reminder of Hadnot Point Well No. 602, in which one 1984 test found levels of the carcinogenic gasoline additive benzene at 76 times the allowable federal limit.”

-After nearly 30 years, Camp Lejeune coming clean

Those carcinogens were part of the what could be the largest water contamination in U.S. history. Nearly one million Marines and their families used contaminated water for drinking and cooking for over 30 years. Only now is the clean up finally coming to an end.