NGOs to Congress: Don’t Hide Our Secret Government

I noted last week that the Senate Intelligence Committee had acceded to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s request that it repeal the requirement that his office produce a yearly report on the number of people with security clearances.

On Tuesday a group of NGOs wrote the Intelligence Committees asking they reverse course and retain the report requirement. They argue, in part, that the report has generated far more attention than typical government reports. And that the report offered the public an unprecedented understanding of the size of the clearance community.

We believe the annual report on security clearances provides exceptional value to the public and should continue to be published.
In the two years that the report has been produced, it has dramatically altered our conception of the size and scale of the personnel security clearance system. Prior to the reporting requirement, the Government Accountability Office could only estimate the number of security cleared personnel, and its latest estimate was low by more than a million clearances.
As evidence of the exceptional public interest in this report, we note that the findings of the latest annual report have appeared in the New York Times (July 24), the Washington Post (July 28), and McClatchy Papers (July 27), among others. As you know, this level of attention is well above average for a report to Congress on any topic.
Through this annual reporting requirement, your Committees have provided an unprecedented degree of transparency concerning the security clearance system. We thank you for that, and we respectfully request that you maintain this important reporting requirement.

Let’s hope that bit of flattery at the end works. If not, I guess we can conclude that even this tiny bit of transparency on our secret government is deemed too much for mere citizens to have.

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emptywheel @JasonLeopold Snide little fuckers, too.
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emptywheel RT @JasonLeopold: NEW after I rpted CIA gave Centra $40M contract for vetting torture docs Centra removed bios of officials w/CIA ties http…
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JimWhiteGNV Hungry students on way over. Grill status: loaded. http://t.co/Djl2sjkdPN
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bmaz Ben Ferguson is basically a wind up assclown for @CNN. But guess he is less of a racist misogynous pig than Erick Erickson, so there is that
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bmaz Right. Lewinski, and cover he+his ilk give, is huge in the belligerent #OnlyCopLivesMatter attitude of police today. https://t.co/W4mgnIUgTz
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bmaz RT @Popehat: /1 Ron Rosenbaum's "Travels with Dr Death" concerned an expert who always testified convicted murderers were psychopaths who'd…
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bmaz RT @Popehat: /2 Bill Lewinski is like Dr. Death, except he always testifies cops acted appropriately, in any shooting. h/t @bmaz http://t.c…
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bmaz junk into evidence to start with. That should not occur for a guy that has manufactured a fraud on the court for sale to cops/Govt 11/X
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bmaz The real damage, same as was case in bite mark evidence cases https://t.co/wEs4QN3AQh comes from courts allowing the quack Lewinski 10/X
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bmaz out and once they do that jurors tend to support the finely sandpapered govt/cop side of story. It is just what happens with juries 9/X
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bmaz then counters with a sound expert, it doesn't overcome Lewinski's bullshit, it simply turns into a "battle of the experts" + jurors tune 8/X
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bmaz well that he comes off sincere. Much as they train cops to present and lie well at LEO academies. When the party opposing the govt. 7/X
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