The culture of secrecy that pervades Washington borders on the absurd. American officials say they cannot discuss “classified” U.S. counter-terrorism tactics that are well-known worldwide - from water-boarding to drone strikes to data mining.
The White House refuses to release the legal memo it used it used to justify the killing of an American citizen in a drone strike in Yemen. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court will not publish summaries of the rulings that made data mining legal. And Feinstein will not declassify a redacted version of her committee’s 6,000 page report on the Bush administration’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques.”
What makes you excited about open government?
“The ‘universe’ of programs and processes in need of reform at the Pentagon is more than large enough to allow for compliance with so-called sequestration while maintaining the strongest and most capable military the world has ever known”
– R Street Institute and National Taxpayers Union Report, June 2013
“An unacceptably high percentage—62 percent—of military members who reported sexual abuse last year said they faced retaliation for their courage. The Speier-Coffman Amendment would, like the bill introduced by Senators Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), not only provide corrective relief to the victims of retaliation, but also justly discipline those who retaliate.”
-Tom Devine of the Government Accountability Project on a new rule that would let the government deem almost any job “sensitive” and effectively take away that employee’s whistleblower rights.
- Three soldiers call the Army’s battlefield intelligence network a multibillion-dollar dud.