Trump Won’t Release White House Visitor Logs

Reversing a voluntary policy from the Obama administration, the White House announced that they will not make visitor logs available to the public. They made the announcement late Friday afternoon on Easter weekend, of course, which is what you do when you know what you're doing is bad. … [Read more...]

Trump Invokes State Secrets Privilege Too

We've found one point on which the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations all agree. They all agree that no victim of illegal surveillance or torture should ever get a shot at justice in a court of law because they'll use the State Secrets Privilege to get the case dismissed. … [Read more...]

Fed. Judge Orders Senate Torture Report Preserved

There have been concerns that the Senate Intelligence Committee's exhaustive report on torture by the CIA during the Bush administration might be lost to history after Trump takes over and never declassified. But a federal judge has now ordered that it be preserved. … [Read more...]

Appeals Court Blocks Release of Senate Torture Report

Ever since the Senate Intelligence Committee finished its report on the use of torture by the Bush administration but only released a summary of its findings, the ACLU has been trying to get the full report released and the Obama administration has fought against it. A federal appeals court has sided with Obama. … [Read more...]

Judge Allows Torture Case Against Psychologists to Go Forward

I wrote a couple days ago about the Obama administration not using the broad version of the State Secrets Privilege -- for the very first time -- in a case against the two psychologists who made tens of millions of dollars creating the torture program used against detainees in the Bush administration. The judge has now rejected a motion to dismiss the case from the psychologists. … [Read more...]

Obama Finally Withdrawing State Secrets Privilege?

After seven years of flagrantly violating a campaign promise to end the use of the broad version of the State Secrets Privilege, is President Obama finally pulling back from that horrible tactic? In an important torture lawsuit, the DOJ has declined to file a motion on those grounds and will let the case proceed. … [Read more...]

Obama Still Trying to Prevent Release of Senate Torture Report

The Obama administration continues to fight in court to prevent the release of the full report from the Senate Intelligence Committee that details the entire history of the Bush torture regime. A 500-page summary was released but not the full report and Obama, who promised the "most transparent administration in history," wants it buried. … [Read more...]

CIA Admits to Spying on Senate Computers

It's long been established that the CIA had spied on Senate staff who were working on the investigation into that agency's torture program on behalf of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Now the CIA has admitted it and issued what must have been an awkward apology. … [Read more...]

WH Spokesman Lies About Transparencies

New White House spokesman Josh Earnest knows his job well. He's paid to be a professional liar and lying is exactly what he does. And that's exactly what he did when he was asked about Obama's promise to be the "most transparent administration in history." … [Read more...]

MA SWAT Teams Claim to Be Private Entities

Friend of Dispatches Radley Balko found something rather disturbing in the ACLU's recent report on the militarization of law enforcement. SWAT teams in Massachusetts are claiming to be private entities rather than government ones in order to not comply with open records requests. … [Read more...]

The Drone Strike Memo That Wasn’t There

A federal court recently ordered the Obama administration -- you know, the "most transparent administration in history" -- to release the legal memo justifying the drone killing of an American citizen in Yemen. Well they released it, but with so many redactions that it is virtually useless. … [Read more...]

Obama Caves on Drone Memo Secrecy

It's only taken several years, but the Most Transparent Administration in History (yeah, right) has decided not to appeal a federal court order requiring them to release the legal memo upon which they've based their authority to launch drone strikes that kill even American citizens. … [Read more...]