Once Public Record, Pentagon Makes Nuclear Base Inspection Results Secret

‘Pass-fail’ grades declared off-limits, which the Pentagon says is to prevent adversaries from learning too much about nuclear weapons vulnerabilities.

Nuclear Dysfunction

The Pentagon has thrown a cloak of secrecy over assessments of the safety and security of its nuclear weapons operations, a part of the military with a history of periodic inspection failures and bouts of low morale. Overall results of routine inspections at nuclear weapons bases, such as a “pass-fail” grade, had previously been publicly

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How The Government Gained The Upper Hand Against Leakers

We may be entering a post-Pentagon Papers era that shifts the power back to political elites, who seem more emboldened to go after leakers.

In this Saturday, June 1, 2013 file photo, Daniel Ellsberg, the whistleblower responsible for releasing the Pentagon Papers, speaks during a rally in support of Army Pfc. Chelsea Manning, formerly Bradley Manning, outside the gates of Fort Meade, Md. On Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

In October 1969, a national security official named Daniel Ellsberg began secretly photocopying 7,000 classified Vietnam War documents. He had become increasingly frustrated with the systematic deception of top U.S. leaders who sought to publicly escalate a war that, privately, they knew was unwinnable. In March 1971 he leaked the documents –

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FBI Sued For Records On National Security Letter Gag Order Reviews

National security letters are secret government demands directing companies to turn over data on private citizens without a warrant.

This photo shows a portion of a National Security Letter written in November 2007. (Photo from the Federal Bureau of Investigation via Wikimedia Commons)

The Justice Department refuses to turn over records on the FBI’s compliance with requirements that it periodically review and lift national security letter gag orders, the Electronic Frontier Foundation claims in a new lawsuit. National security letters are secret government demands directing companies to turn over data on private citizens

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Following Lawsuit, FBI Releases Records Related To Surveillance Of Anti-War Journalists

With the ACLU’s help, Journalists Eric Garris and Dennis Raimondo sued the FBI in 2013, after they learned the agency was monitoring their libertarian news website Antiwar.com.

A sign for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) offices in Washington, DC.

In a win for government-transparency advocates, the FBI has agreed to turn over records it created when it spied on two anti-war journalists and pay $299,000 to settle their attorneys’ fees. The deal, which brings to a close a four-year battle for the records under the Freedom of Information Act, is spelled out in two stipulations filed in San

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ACLU Demands Secret Court Hand Over Crucial Rulings On Surveillance Law

“The people of this country can’t hold the government accountable for its surveillance activities unless they know what our laws allow”

Surveillance

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a motion to reveal the secret court opinions with "novel or significant interpretations" of surveillance law, in a renewed push for government transparency. The motion, filed Wednesday by the ACLU and Yale Law School's Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic, asks the Foreign Intelligence

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Law Enforcement Lobby Succeeds In Killing California Transparency Bill

A legislative advocate at the ACLU of California told MintPress News that the state Legislature ‘caved to the tremendous influence and power of the law enforcement lobby’ and ‘failed to listen to the demands and concerns of everyday Californian people.’

California has some of the most secretive rules in the country when it comes to investigations into police misconduct and excessive use of force.

SACRAMENTO --- A California Senate committee killed a bill to increase transparency in police misconduct investigations, hampering victims’ efforts to obtain justice. Chauncee Smith, legislative advocate at the ACLU of California, told MintPress News that the state Legislature “caved to the tremendous influence and power of the law enforcement

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