According to a survey by The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press for this guide, federal courts and many state courts allow for “super-secret” cases, which never appear on the public docket or are hidden using pseudonyms, such as “Sealed v. Sealed” or “John Doe v. Jane Doe.” Courts that maintain these secret dockets will neither confirm nor deny the existence of such cases. As a result, these cases proceed through the court system undetected.Continue reading
The division of GCHQ known as JTRIG responded to the surge in hacktivism. In another document taken from the NSA by Snowden and obtained by NBC News, a JTRIG official said the unit’s mission included computer network attacks, disruption, “Active Covert Internet Operations,” and “Covert Technical Operations.” Among the methods listed in the document were jamming phones, computers and email accounts and masquerading as an enemy in a “false flag” operation. The same document said GCHQ was increasing its emphasis on using cyber tools to attack adversaries.Continue reading
The Dutch government has refused to reveal details of a secret pact between members of the Joint Investigation Team examining the downed Flight MH17. If the participants, including Ukraine, don’t want information to be released, it will be kept secret.Continue reading
In place of the need to deepen democratic openness and accountability in EU the Council has entrenched a system of secrecy based on its discretion to decide whether and when to make documents public. The result is that the European legislature – the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament – meet in secret trilogues to decide over 80% of new laws going through the EUContinue reading
Can you really see what records are kept about your travel? http://hasbrouck.org/blog/archives/001595.html Edward Hasbrouck’s blog One of the big differences between American and European attitudes is that people in the USA tend to be much less willing to trust that … Continue reading
TESTIMONY OF JUDITH LOETHER, DAUGHTER OF VICTIM IN U.S. v. REYNOLDS http://www.fas.org/sgp/congress/2008/statesecref.html Hearing before the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, 110th Congress, Second Session, January 29, 2009 … Continue reading
VIOLATIONS OF LAW MAY BE CLASSIFIED, COURT RULES Steven Aftergood (Secrecy News, published by the Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/ Information that would reveal a violation of the law may be properly classified as long as it is not deliberately … Continue reading
The State Secrets Privilege: Selected Case Files "Use of the state secrets privilege in courts has grown significantly over the last twenty-five years. In the twenty-three years between the decision in Reynolds  and the election of Jimmy Carter, in … Continue reading
Continue readingThe C.I.A. arrangement required that [U.S. National] Archives employees not reveal to researchers why documents they requested were being withheld.
The Declassification Backlog of Historic Records: A Problem For Both the Department of Defense and All Those Who Seek a Better Understanding of the Cold War by United States Department of Defense December, 1994 Click for article … Continue reading
Continue readingThe Bush administration has told a federal judge that terrorism suspects held in secret CIA prisons should not be allowed to reveal details of the "alternative interrogation methods" that their captors used to get them to talk.
Government keeping more secrets in name of national security By LANCE GAY Scripps Howard News Service 02-FEB-05 WASHINGTON — Federal agencies are using secrecy rules developed after the 9/11 attacks to hide embarrassing or controversial reports and data that … Continue reading
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE RESPONSES TO QUESTIONS FOR THE RECORD CONCERNING THE USA PATRIOT ACT (P.L. 107-56) COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES JUNE 5,2003 Written answers by the Department of Justice to the Committee on the Judiciary … Continue reading
http://www.pfaw.org/pfaw/general/default.aspx?oid=17777email: email@example.comContact: Josh Glasstetter, Halle Czechowski People For the American Way, 31 January 2005 Dept. of Justice Asks for Outrageous FOIA Fees in Secret Trials for 9-11 Detention Cases Washington, DC ? People For the American Way Foundation (PFAWF) President … Continue reading