2005 Op-eds on Government Secrecy and Freedom of Information

Read the best published op-eds on the need for open government and threats to information access contributed by OMB Watch, OpenTheGovernment.org, and our allies. Permission is granted for free reprinting of any of these articles, provided it credits the author and includes this attribution: "© 2003-2005, distributed by Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services." Read op-eds.

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Congress Votes to Waive All Laws for Homeland Security

The House of Representatives voted 243 to 179 today to reject an amendment that would have stripped section 102 from the REAL ID Act of 2005 (H.R. 418). The bill, as passed, would empower the Secretary of Homeland Security to waive any federal laws, without limit, in the course of building barriers along the nation's borders.

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Groups Tell Congress to Reject Measure Placing DHS Above All Law

Citizens for Sensible Safeguards sent the House of Representatives a letter signed by 15 member organizations opposing language in the pending immigration bill that would empower the Secretary of Homeland Security to waive any and all law, without limits.

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Bill Would Place Homeland Security Above All Law

Media Advisory: A bill moving to a floor vote this week in the House of Representatives contains controversial language that would empower the Secretary of Homeland Security to waive any and all law -- federal and state, civil and criminal -- in the course of securing the borders.

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White House, Congress Gearing Up For Attack On Public Safeguards

The White House is poised to roll back 30 years of progress on the nation’s health, safety and environmental protections. Upcoming White House proposals, expected this month, threaten to dramatically overhaul – and possibly destroy – these federal safeguards in a give-away to corporate special interests, camouflaged under the Orwellian guise of “regulatory reform.”

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ACLU and Diverse Coalition of National Nonprofits Challenge Misguided Government Watch List Policy

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2004 -- The American Civil Liberties Union today joined forces with 12 national nonprofit organizations in challenging the Office of Personnel Management's Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) requirement that all participating charities check their employees and expenditures against several government watch lists for "terrorist activities."

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IRS Investigation of NAACP Is Only Latest Administration Attack on Nonprofit Speech

OMB Watch Analysis Cites Many Examples of Intimidation The election-eve IRS investigation regarding the nonprofit status of NAACP, the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization, is part of a growing pattern of intimidation and suppression of free-speech and advocacy rights of charities and other nonprofits. That trend was documented in a new analysis, Continuing Attacks on Nonprofit Speech: Death by a Thousand Cuts II, published this week by OMB Watch, a Washington-based watchdog group. The OMB Watch report cites:

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Continuing Attacks on Nonprofit Speech: Death by a Thousand Cuts II

Government agencies and officials and conservative allies are increasingly targeting nonprofit organizations for their free speech activities, according to an analysis released Oct. 26, Continuing Attacks on Nonprofit Speech: Death by a Thousand Cuts II. Leaders of several affected organizations joined the authors in describing its findings and their experiences in an audio news teleconference at OMB Watch, the publisher of the report.

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Release: nonprofitadvocacy.org Calls for Congressional Hearings on Need for 527 Bill

An alliance of five national organizations supporting the rights of nonprofit organizations today called for congressional hearings on the need to limit soft money contributions to "527" independent political committees. The complete statement follows.

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