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Coalition Calls for More Sunshine in DOJ*

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Coalition Calls for More Sunshine in DOJ*

05.28.19 06:19 AM

We believe an open government is key to unlocking progress in many areas of public policy. Information empowers individuals to engage on issues they’re passionate about and hold those in power accountable. Consider the alternative: a government that operates largely behind closed doors. Without access to records, researchers can’t effectively study our criminal justice system. Having a broadened conversation about U.S. foreign policy is near-impossible, if much of what occurs is kept secret. Without government transparency, holding lawmakers accountable for corporate welfare schemes would be futile. Just take a look at what is occurring at the Office of Legal Counsel, a part of the Department of Justice. OLC has had the power to interpret the Constitution and issue opinions that bind government agencies — without releasing those opinions to the public. Some include matters as consequential as: What constitutes torture How U.S. citizens can be engaged on foreign soil; and What rules guide presidential action around executive orders. It’s time for OLC to step out from behind closed doors. A broad coalition agrees. A group of 20 organizations — including AFP, Demand Progress, Americans Civil Liberties Union, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and Freedom Works — sent a […]

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