22 January 2020 — National Security Archive
Nuclear War Planning and the Challenge of Civilian Oversight
Joint Chiefs Wanted to Keep SecDef Melvin Laird Out of the Loop on Nuclear War Plans, Declassified JCS Document Shows
3 May 2019 — National Security Archive
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.
20 November 2015 — Liberty
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.
24 September 2015 — Statewatch
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)
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.
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.
10 July 2013 — williambowles.info
WikiLeaks – a journalism high point: US court-martial witness
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 …