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After dramatically expanding its power post-9/11, the NYPD is routinely interrogating protesters and using "counterterro...
09/08/2021
How the N.Y.P.D. Is Using Post-9/11 Tools on Everyday New Yorkers

After dramatically expanding its power post-9/11, the NYPD is routinely interrogating protesters and using "counterterrorism" facial recognition technology.

Story below. See also, OTG's citizen guide about the widespread use of the technology by police and the public’s right to know how it is deployed:
https://www.openthegovernment.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Know-Your-Rights_Facial-Recognition-Guide.pdf

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/08/nyregion/nypd-9-11-police-surveillance.html?smid=tw-nytmetro&smtyp=cur

Two decades after the attack on New York City, the Police Department is using counterterrorism tools and tactics to combat routine street crime.

Our ‘National Security in the Post 9/11 Era’ roundtable featured an excellent discussion on the domestic impact of confl...
09/03/2021
National security in the post 9/11 Era

Our ‘National Security in the Post 9/11 Era’ roundtable featured an excellent discussion on the domestic impact of conflicts abroad on American Muslims & communities of color caught in the crosshairs of secretive, abusive U.S. policies. Watch a recording.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikDp5Sinbec

Ahead of the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks, Open The Government hosted a roundtable on national security in an era of endless wars an...

Heads up that Open The Government's email system is temporarily down for routine maintenance, but we’ll be back up and r...
09/02/2021

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Heads up that Open The Government's email system is temporarily down for routine maintenance, but we’ll be back up and running by Tuesday morning. Need to reach us in the meantime?

Call us: (202) 332-6736

Thrilled the Washington Post featured one of our steering committee members Hina Shamsi in its profile of how 9/11 trans...
09/02/2021
In the shadow of the towers: Five lives and a world transformed

Thrilled the Washington Post featured one of our steering committee members Hina Shamsi in its profile of how 9/11 transformed lives. The experience ignited the brilliant attorney and ACLU's director of National Security Project's strong commitment to fight against the unjust U.S. policies that followed the attacks.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/interactive/2021/9-11-attacks-lives-transformed/

On Sept. 12, 2001, the United States staggered to its feet amid the devastation of the al-Qaeda terrorist attacks. Yet, for some Americans and millions of others around the globe, the harshest impacts were just beginning.

Happening Now: National Security in the Post 9/11 Era: https://www.openthegovernment.org/event-national-security-in-the-...
08/31/2021
Event: National Security in the Post 9/11 Era - Open The Government

Happening Now: National Security in the Post 9/11 Era: https://www.openthegovernment.org/event-national-security-in-the-post-9-11-era/

Ahead of the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks, Open The Government will host a roundtable on national security in an era of endless wars and overclassification that has paved the way for unnecessary government secrecy amid calls for checks and balances on executive war powers. S...

Today: There will be a lot to unpack when Spencer Ackerman, OTG’s Emily Manna, Arab American Institute’s Maya Berry, and...
08/31/2021
Event: National Security in the Post 9/11 Era - Open The Government

Today: There will be a lot to unpack when Spencer Ackerman, OTG’s Emily Manna, Arab American Institute’s Maya Berry, and ACLU’s Hina Shamsi discuss national security policy post-9/11 at 11:30 a.m.

Remember to join the conversation. Register here: https://www.openthegovernment.org/event-national-security-in-the-post-9-11-era/

Ahead of the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks, Open The Government will host a roundtable on national security in an era of endless wars and overclassification that has paved the way for unnecessary government secrecy amid calls for checks and balances on executive war powers. S...

An Illinois judge denied the dismissal of a privacy suit against Clearview by the ACLU and other groups. We agree: selli...
08/31/2021
Clearview AI: The Shady Company Tracking Your Face Online - Open The Government

An Illinois judge denied the dismissal of a privacy suit against Clearview by the ACLU and other groups. We agree: selling facial recognition systems to dozens of companies & law enforcement agencies without individuals' knowledge or consent is not First Amendment protected activity.

https://www.jurist.org/news/2021/08/illinois-court-denies-clearview-ais-motion-to-dismiss-privacy-lawsuit/

More on OTG’s work on the company’s invasive activities:
https://www.openthegovernment.org/clearview-ai-the-shady-company-tracking-your-face-online/

Our guide on the use of the technology in your backyard: https://www.openthegovernment.org/new-facial-recognition-citizens-guide-empowers-public-to-investigate-use-of-the-technology/

Presented as a live stream as part of HOPE 2020 Conference Freddy Martinez is a technologist and expert on surveillance. He was previously a Ford-Mozilla open web fellow at Freedom of the Press Foundation. During his fellowship, he worked on democratizing access to public records requests with a foc...

If you haven’t registered for our upcoming roundtable on national security in the post-9/11 era, there’s still time. Ahe...
08/26/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: National Security in the Post-9/11 Era. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

If you haven’t registered for our upcoming roundtable on national security in the post-9/11 era, there’s still time. Ahead of the 20th anniversary of the attacks, we’ll be discussing the impact of the War on Terror on rule of law, securitized communities, and increased government opacity, and more. August 31 at 11:30 a.m.

Register here.

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9zeCcd6hSuKNp3zhmWr4CA

When: August 31, 2021, 11:30AM – 12:30PM EST Where: Virtual Who: • [Moderator] Spencer Ackerman, Reporter/Publisher of the Forever Wars newsletter on Substack, and author of "Reign of Terror: How The 9/11 Era Destabilized America and Produced Trump" • Hina Shamsi, Director, ACLU National Secur...

Ten federal agencies from Veterans Affairs to the Department of Agriculture say they're expanding their use of facial re...
08/26/2021
Federal government to expand use of facial recognition despite growing concerns

Ten federal agencies from Veterans Affairs to the Department of Agriculture say they're expanding their use of facial recognition technology by 2023 despite privacy and accuracy issues.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/08/25/federal-facial-recognition-expansion/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=wp_business

Ten federal agencies, from the departments of Agriculture to Veterans Affairs, said they intended to grow their face-scanning capabilities by 2023. One watchdog official said, “Even with all the privacy issues and accuracy problems, the government is pretty much saying, ‘Damn the torpedoes, full...

BuzzFeed News's latest story on Clearview is an important one on how widely the controversial facial recognition technol...
08/26/2021
BuzzFeed News on Twitter

BuzzFeed News's latest story on Clearview is an important one on how widely the controversial facial recognition technology has spread abroad – law enforcement agencies outside the U.S, including in countries where the tech was deemed “unlawful", used free trials of the tech.

https://twitter.com/BuzzFeedNews/status/1430545156487487489

“Clearview AI offered free trials of its controversial facial recognition tech to police around the world. Departments took them up on it, sometimes using it without telling higher-ups. https://t.co/XhoTs4GQLJ”

Today, OTG joined the Brennan Center for Justice,International Refugee Assistance Project,The Leadership Conference on C...
08/24/2021
Coalition Letter Urges the Department of Homeland Security to End Social Media Monitoring Initiative

Today, OTG joined the Brennan Center for Justice,
International Refugee Assistance Project,
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and
Muslim Justice League, and Restore The Fourth in a letter to the Department of Homeland Security to end its new social media monitoring program that threatens civil rights and civil liberties.

https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/coalition-letter-urges-department-homeland-security-end-social-media

On August 24, 2021, the Brennan Center and five other organizations sent a letter to the Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, urging him to end a new social media monitoring program due to a lack of effectiveness and serious civil rights and civil liberties concerns.

Signed up for the upcoming virtual roundtable on national security in the post-9/11 era? As the 20th-anniversary approac...
08/20/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: National Security in the Post-9/11 Era. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Signed up for the upcoming virtual roundtable on national security in the post-9/11 era? As the 20th-anniversary approaches, join a discussion on 8/31 at 11:30 a.m. moderated by Spencer Ackerman, author of the new, critically-acclaimed, "Reign of Terror."

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9zeCcd6hSuKNp3zhmWr4CA?fbclid=IwAR1CV5YWCTd582UY9d_ciozA4DK-AoouK61njqctsAMKmFizuDGqnhCBmGk

When: August 31, 2021, 11:30AM – 12:30PM EST Where: Virtual Who: • [Moderator] Spencer Ackerman, contributing editor, Daily Beast, and author of "Reign of Terror: How The 9/11 Era Destabilized America and Produced Trump" • Hina Shamsi, Director, ACLU National Security Project • Emily Manna, ...

A new report first shared with The Associated Press, argues that the federal government targeted Black Lives Matter prot...
08/18/2021
Movement for Black Lives: Feds targeted BLM protesters

A new report first shared with The Associated Press, argues that the federal government targeted Black Lives Matter protesters in 2020 with increased deployment of federal agents and prosecution of participants.

https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-death-of-george-floyd-health-race-and-ethnicity-racial-injustice-07a91fd5c210f8b809d019292c3ec0c0

The federal government deliberately targeted Black Lives Matter protesters via heavy-handed criminal prosecutions in an attempt to disrupt and discourage the global movement that swept the nation last summer in the wake of the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd, according to a new report rel...

Accessible, consistent reporting such as from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction would have fa...
08/17/2021
Emily Manna on Twitter

Accessible, consistent reporting such as from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction would have facilitated oversight and captured a more realistic picture of the war and its impact on civilians as the U.S. withdraws. Read OTG's Emily Manna's thread on it.

https://twitter.com/EmilyManna/status/1427329452032335883

“One reason for this "disconnect" is the government's descent into secrecy around the war in Afghanistan over the past several years, as DoD sought to prevent unfavorable info from reaching the public https://t.co/EfDLKvXfyR”

With the Biden administration grappling with the consequences of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the 20th anniversa...
08/13/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: National Security in the Post-9/11 Era. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

With the Biden administration grappling with the consequences of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the 20th anniversary of 9/11 on the horizon, on 8/31 Open The Government will host a live interactive webinar on national security in the post 9/11 era in light of over-classification, forever wars, checks and balances on war powers, and more. RSVP here:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9zeCcd6hSuKNp3zhmWr4CA

When: August 31, 2021, 11:30AM – 12:30PM EST Where: Virtual Who: • [Moderator] Spencer Ackerman, contributing editor, Daily Beast, and author of "Reign of Terror: How The 9/11 Era Destabilized America and Produced Trump" • Hina Shamsi, Director, ACLU National Security Project • Emily Manna, ...

With the Biden administration grappling with the consequences of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the 20th anniversa...
08/13/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: National Security in the Post-9/11 Era. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

With the Biden administration grappling with the consequences of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the 20th anniversary of 9/11 on the horizon, on 8/31 Open The Government will host a live interactive webinar on national security in the post 9/11 era in light of over-classification, forever wars, checks and balances on war powers, and more. RSVP here:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9zeCcd6hSuKNp3zhmWr4CA

When: August 31, 2021, 11:30AM – 12:30PM EST Where: Virtual Who: • [Moderator] Spencer Ackerman, contributing editor, Daily Beast, and author of "Reign of Terror: How The 9/11 Era Destabilized America and Produced Trump" • Hina Shamsi, Director, ACLU National Security Project • Emily Manna, ...

Senate Republicans Block Debate on For the People Act: OTG's Statement:"Today, in an affront to our democratic values, R...
08/11/2021
For the People Act Deserves Unwavering Support Despite Latest Senate Republican Opposition - Open The Government

Senate Republicans Block Debate on For the People Act: OTG's Statement:

"Today, in an affront to our democratic values, Republicans prevented the Senate from starting debate on the For the People Act, a critical bill that will help realize the promise of our democracy and restore the public’s belief in an inclusive and representative government. Disgracefully, the same Republican Senators who blocked an investigation into a deadly attack on our Capitol and previously abused the filibuster to hinder the bill again blocked the legislation that 8 in 10 Americans from across the nation and the political spectrum overwhelmingly support to protect the freedom to vote."

More: https://www.openthegovernment.org/for-the-people-act-deserves-unwavering-support-despite-latest-senate-republican-opposition/

Washington, D.C. – After Senate Republicans blocked a floor debate on the For the People Act, Lisa Rosenberg, executive director of Open The Government released the following statement: “Today, in an affront to our democratic values, Republicans prevented the Senate from starting debate on the F...

New: Citing security concerns, the Minnesota Fusion Center is bypassing state public records law and refusing to release...
08/09/2021
Minnesota Law Enforcement Agency Blocks Release of Public Records About Surveilling Pipeline Opponents

New: Citing security concerns, the Minnesota Fusion Center is bypassing state public records law and refusing to release info pertaining to its policing of anti-pipeline activists. OTG's Freddy Martinez discussed the growing secrecy around energy infrastructure with the Intercept below.

See also: OTG's 'Cost of Fear' report on how fusion centers consistently violate Americans’ privacy and civil liberties, producing unreliable and ineffective information while avoiding standard public accountability.

https://theintercept.com/2021/08/07/minnesota-pipeline-line-3-public-records/

https://www.openthegovernment.org/new-otg-report-finds-abuses-persist-at-fusion-centers/

The state’s fusion center, which coordinates police intelligence-sharing, enacted the policy after critical stories in the news media.

Remember to check out our latest 'Transparency Matters' with spotlights on support for Fourth Amendment is Not for Sale ...
08/06/2021

Remember to check out our latest 'Transparency Matters' with spotlights on support for Fourth Amendment is Not for Sale Act, Accountable.US's campaign to hold attorneys general accountable, Project on Government Oversight's work on Supreme Court reform, R Street Institute’s take on crypto war, and center-right solutions on governance issues by Jonathan Bydlak.

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When Mueller issued his long-awaited report, in addition to Volumes 1 and 2 it was my understanding that there was a voluminous attachment of supporting evidence and documentation. Whatever happened to that? Where is it? Who has access? Will the public ever get to know what it provides?
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What should or shouldn't be classified, and at what level, has always been somewhat subjective. The current administration seems to be reaching for new depths of capriciousness. I'd like to find out how I might participate in efforts to improve the status quo, particularly with respect to increasing transparency.
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