New laws to criminalise public interest information

2 June 2020 — True Publica

New laws to criminalise public interest information

By TruePublica Editor: A new Declassified report published only a few days ago goes to show the situation we find our selves in right now. In the midst of a crisis, while the commentariat are lobbing rocks at each other over the endless scandals and the media are focused on the pandemic – the government continues to act as if democracy doesn’t really exist.

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National Security Archive Joins Media Groups Versus Unlimited Gag Orders

3 May 2019 — National Security Archive

Amicus Brief Argues for Court Review, Time Limits on Secrecy of National Security Letters

Washington D.C., May 3, 2019 – The National Security Archive, along with 15 other media organizations, filed a “friend of the court” brief on April 29 challenging the FBI’s authority to issue national security letters (NSLs) without any judicial oversight and under indefinite gag orders. The letters demand business records from a wide array of organizations for national security investigations, and their accompanying gag orders prohibit the recipient from speaking with anyone about the NSL, often permanently.

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Take action to save Freedom of Information today

20 November 2015 — Liberty

Take action to save Freedom of Information today

This evening at 11.45pm, the Commission on Freedom of Information closes its call for evidence.

This is not unusual in itself – the Government often goes through stages of evidence-gathering ahead of policy or law change.

However in this case, the Commission is both unnecessary and dangerously stacked.

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Statewatch News Online, 24 September 2015 (22/15): Council challenges EU Ombudsman secret trilogues Inquiry (22/15)

24 September 2015 — Statewatch

Statewatch News Online, 24 September 2015 (22/15)
Home page: http://www.statewatch.org/ e-mail: office@statewatch.org

SPECIAL: EU Ombudsman investigating secret “trilogue” decision-making but:
The Council challenges the right of the European Ombudsman to conduct an inquiry into secret “trilogues” (in which most EU legislation is decided)
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Want to Know Who the US is at War With? Too Bad, Says Pentagon By Lauren Harper

4 September 2013 — Unredacted

The National Security Archive recently submitted an MDR request for the Pentagon’s current list of Al Qaeda associated forces. The list is significant not only in determining whom the military is targeting in its citizens’ names; it also illuminates the Pentagon’s broadening interpretation of its post-9/11 mandate at the expense of Congressional oversight.

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The Unnatural Death of Dr. David Kelly: Template for “Legalised Cover-up” of Political Assassinations By Dr. Miriam Stevenson

2 September 2013

At the time of writing it is September 2013. What would happen if Dr Kelly’s body were to be found today? Or, what if the campaign to re-open his inquest were successful? Could citizens feel confident that an inquest would be opened, chaired by an appropriately skilled (medically qualified) Coroner who can call a jury, subpoena witnesses, place witnesses under oath and deliver an independent, evidence-based verdict? Most would agree that all these criteria would need to be met as minimal conditions for justice to be done and seen to be done after years of obfuscation by the executive. What the citizenry want for Dr Kelly is due process in a proper courtroom. Dream on.

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Wikileaks Newslinks 10 July 2013

10 July 2013 — williambowles.info

WikiLeaks – a journalism high point: US court-martial witness

Reuters

FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – WikiLeaks and its model of decentralised leaking of secrets is a high point in journalism history, a Harvard professor testified on Wednesday at the court-martial of a U.S. soldier charged with passing secret documents …

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/10/us-usa-wikileaks-manning-idUSBRE9690NZ20130710

 

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