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Lift the Veil of Secrecy on Targeted Killing
TCP’s Liberty and Security Committee released a statement on February 25 arguing that the Obama administration’s refusal to make public the legal rationale for its targeted killing of suspected terrorists violates constitutional principles of checks and balances, and calling on the president to release the rules of operation and all legal guidance about the program to Congress and the public.
White House Tactic for C.I.A. Bid Holds Back Drone Memos
Coalition Letter to Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) regarding Transparency in the Markup of the Annual National Defense Authorization Act
A coalition of organizations write to Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) to urge the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) to open the markup of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to the public, and to thank her for voting to do so and for her leadership on more transparency.
Letter to Senator McCaskill Regarding National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)
Coalition of NGOs including TCP urge that this year's markup of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) should be open to the public.
Amicus Brief in ACLU v. CIA (U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit)
The ACLU filed a FOIA request for documents concerning the drone targeted killing program. The amicus brief by coalition of NGOs including TCP argues that the administration has publicly admitted existence of program and should not be permitted to refuse to confirm or deny that any such documents exist.
Amicus Brief in ACLU v. CIA (U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit)
The ACLU filed a FOIA request for documents concerning the drone targeted killing program. The amicus brief by coalition of NGOs including TCP argues that the administration has publicly admitted existence of program and should not be permitted to refuse to confirm or deny that any such documents exist.
Amicus Brief in National Institute of Military Justice v. Department of Defense (D.C. Circuit)
The National Institute of Military Justice filed a FOIA request seeking documents concerning development of the order establishing military commissions in November 2001. TCP's amicus brief argued that the court should compel the disclosure of these documents in order to increase government transparency surrounding a legal regime that affects fundamental life and liberty interests.
Amicus Brief in National Institute of Military Justice v. Department of Defense (D.C. Circuit)
The National Institute of Military Justice filed a FOIA request seeking documents concerning development of the order establishing military commissions in November 2001. TCP's amicus brief argued that the court should compel the disclosure of these documents in order to increase government transparency surrounding a legal regime that affects fundamental life and liberty interests.
Report of the Liberty and Security Initiative on First Amendment Issues
Liberty and Security Committee report examines First Amendment issues raised by immediate response to 9/11 including refusal to disclose names of individuals arrested in investigations, weakening FOIA, and FBI surveillance of religious and political gatherings. Committee recommends reforms to safeguard First Amendment rights.
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