Category: Congress

Some context for some surveillance

When news broke recently that federal officials were pushing for new regulations to facilitate online eavesdropping (“U.S. Tries to Make It Easier to Wiretap the Internet”, New York Times, September 27, 2010), it seemed like there were two ways to…

SGI testifies about new SEC FOIA exemption statute

SGI Coordinator Rick Blum provided testimony to the House Financial Services Committee regarding the Committee’s review of Section 929I of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”). Section 929I added three statutory exemptions – known as “b(3)”s, after…

More images of wrongdoing

The military appears ready to recycle arguments from last year, that photographic evidence of wartime abuses by American soldiers poses a threat to national security, the military, or both. An Army commander is imposing strict limits on photographs in connection…

Feds use FOIA to raise possible discrimination

Transparency advocates sometimes get lost in the wonk swamp, burying listeners with acronyms and jargon only a prisoner of the Potomac could appreciate.   This affliction makes it hard to broaden appreciation for how openness makes a difference.  But open government…

DHS Says Rules Limiting Access Don’t Apply to Public

While pressure is to punish the press for publishing stories that rely on unauthorized disclosures of classified information is certainly far from the fever pitch of 2006 and 2007, Congress is still concerned about the publication of information it wants…