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National Security Agency: “Can’t Search Its Own Emails”

by Justin Elliott, ProPublica The National Security Agency is a “supercomputing powerhouse” with machines so powerful their speed is measured in thousands of trillions of operations per second. The agency turns its giant machine brains to the task of sifting through unimaginably large troves of data its surveillance programs capture. But ask the NSA, as […]

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Has Open Government Pledge Been Met by Obama

Has Obama Kept His Open Government Pledge? After eight years of tightened access to government records under the Bush administration, open government advocates were hopeful when Barack Obama promised greater transparency. Four years later, did the president keep his promise? “It’s a mixed bag,” said Patrice McDermott, executive director of OpenTheGovernment.org, a consortium of right-to-know […]

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Hypocrisy in Congress Remains

Do As We Say, Congress Says, Then Does What It Wants by Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica When CBS News reported in 2011 that members of Congress weren’t prohibited from insider trading, Congress moved swiftly. President Obama signed a law banning it within six months of the broadcast. But Congress is still exempt from portions of a […]