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CIA secret interrogation methods -- including detention and harsh questioning of suspected terrorists -- remain off limits to public release, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

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Court affirms protection of Google/NSA communicationsupdated: Fri May 11 2012 15:52:00

U.S. authorities are not required to release any internal National Security Agency communications it had with Internet giant Google Inc. after a 2010 cyber attack in China, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

U.S. soldiers as human 'guinea pigs'updated: Fri Mar 09 2012 08:46:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on U.S. soldiers used as drug test subjects in the '60s and '70s.

CNN readers share stories about secret Army drug testing programupdated: Fri Mar 09 2012 08:46:00

"My MEDVOL number is 6856. I was at Edgewood Arsenal from January 1975 to April 1975."

Challenge to Murdoch grip on BSkyBupdated: Thu Mar 08 2012 22:16:00

Rupert Murdoch is facing a fresh challenge to his UK media business as it emerged that Britain's communications regulator has escalated its probe into whether British Sky Broadcasting is a "fit and proper" owner of a broadcasting licence.

E-mail: Air marshals perceive discrimination, study will showupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 22:52:00

A 21-month investigation into allegations that the Federal Air Marshal Service has a hostile work environment -- rife with discrimination and retaliation -- has concluded that no "widespread" problem exists, according to an internal government e-mail obtained by CNN.

New York Times files lawsuit seeking info on targeted killingsupdated: Wed Dec 21 2011 19:02:00

The New York Times has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice charging that the government failed to release information under the Freedom of Information Act on records surrounding questions of the legality of targeted killing, especially as it relates to American citizens.

Justice Department drops proposed FOIA rule to deny existence of documentsupdated: Thu Nov 03 2011 16:26:00

The Justice Department Thursday announced it is dropping its controversial plan to allow officials to deny the existence of certain sensitive documents when confronted with thorny Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

State Department defends handling of Canada oil sands pipelineupdated: Mon Oct 03 2011 16:47:00

The State Department said Monday that e-mails it was required to release under a Freedom of Information Act request on a controversial pipeline proposal show only one side of the story and pledged to keep the approval process "transparent."

Person can stay on FBI watch list after being cleared, document showsupdated: Thu Sep 29 2011 12:45:00

Newly released FBI documents say a person's name could be on the U.S. government's terror watch list even if terror charges have been dismissed or if the person has been acquitted in a trial.

Federal judge: CIA not in contempt for destroying interrogation tapesupdated: Mon Aug 01 2011 21:15:00

A federal judge on Monday rejected arguments that the CIA should be held in contempt for destroying videotapes allegedly showing the torture of detainees during interrogations.

CNNMoney: Consumer bureau to set sail with no captainupdated: Wed Jul 13 2011 13:30:00

With a week to go before the new consumer bureau takes off, the White House has yet to appoint its director -- an omission bound to attract criticism when House Republicans grill Elizabeth Warren at a Thursday hearing.

Report: McChrystal did nothing wrongupdated: Tue Apr 19 2011 05:42:00

New probe into an Rolling Stone article on Gen. McChrystal finds he nor any of his aides did anything wrong.

Yale to set up sexual misconduct committee following complaintupdated: Fri Apr 08 2011 11:20:00

Yale University will launch a new committee on sexual misconduct following the initiation of a federal investigation prompted by a complaint over a series of sexually based allegations on the prestigious New Haven, Connecticut, campus.

Suit says Yale a 'hostile environment'updated: Fri Apr 08 2011 11:20:00

Sixteen Yale students and alumni filed suit saying there was a "hostile sexual environment" on campus.

Arrest photos of Giffords shooting suspect releasedupdated: Tue Feb 22 2011 20:32:00

Two new booking photographs of Arizona shooting suspect Jared Loughner were released Tuesday.

Documents raise questions on treatment of detaineesupdated: Sat Jan 22 2011 10:35:00

New documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union show "unjustified homicide" of detainees and concerns about the condition of confinement in U.S.-run prisons in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, according to the ACLU.

Judge says government need not disclose air traveler security imagesupdated: Thu Jan 13 2011 13:51:00

A federal judge in Washington has ruled the Department of Homeland Security can keep from public view 2,000 "whole-body" images taken to test the machines used to screen travelers at airport checkpoints.

Hackers rush to WikiLeaks aidupdated: Mon Dec 13 2010 06:09:00

CNN's Ali Velshi and Richard Quest spar over "hacktivists'" response to the WikiLeaks scandal.

Rumsfeld: Government documents in new memoir, but not like WikiLeaksupdated: Mon Dec 13 2010 06:09:00

One of the best known -- and most controversial -- public figures of recent years, who said he never used e-mail, is now a devotee of social media, and is using it as a means of re-emerging in public after several years of low-profile life.

CNNMoney: Lawmakers curb SEC power to keep secretsupdated: Thu Sep 23 2010 19:13:00

Lawmakers moved Thursday to repeal a provision in the financial reform law that shields the Securities and Exchange Commission from requests under the Freedom of Information Act.

CNNMoney: SEC chief: Agency needs some secrecyupdated: Thu Sep 16 2010 13:06:00

The head of the Securities and Exchange Commission told lawmakers on Thursday that her agency needs to keep its protection from some 10,000 information requests filed every year.

CNNMoney: SEC chief: Investigations outrank mediaupdated: Thu Sep 16 2010 09:41:00

The chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission says the ability to conduct confidential investigations into securities activity trumps the media's need to know.

Full-body scans stored at courthouseupdated: Thu Aug 05 2010 10:31:00

CNN's Jeanne Meserve reports that about 35,000 full-body scan images have been kept despite assurances to the contrary.

Agency stored body images from Florida courthouseupdated: Thu Aug 05 2010 10:31:00

The U.S. Marshals Service is confirming that it has stored more than 35,000 "whole body" images of people who had entered a U.S. courthouse in Orlando, Florida.

Fortune: The SEC's FOIA exemption won't matter. It's not protecting investors anywayupdated: Tue Aug 03 2010 12:34:00

It's hard to believe, but it seems the SEC has managed to anger the public and the media again. Fox Business has reported that the oft-maligned agency has put in place a new rule that will stop the public, usually journalists, from accessing certain SEC-investigative information using the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA.

CNNMoney: SEC vs. the media, round twoupdated: Fri Jul 30 2010 18:58:00

The Securities and Exchange Commission was not seeking a blanket exemption from public information laws, when it asked Congress to include a little known provision in the Wall Street reform law, the agency said in a letter to lawmakers Friday.

Justice Department reviewing reports of FBI test cheatingupdated: Wed Jul 28 2010 20:10:00

The Justice Department's Office of Inspector General has launched an investigation into whether large numbers of FBI agents may have improperly taken a test on guidelines for agents, according to FBI Director Robert Mueller.

ACLU seeking FBI records on race and ethnicity dataupdated: Tue Jul 27 2010 19:16:00

The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking records from more than two dozen FBI offices around the nation about the "collection and use of race and ethnicity data in local communities," according to a press release issued by the civil liberties group.

Destruction of CIA tapes sparked concernsupdated: Fri Apr 16 2010 11:25:00

The destruction of nearly 100 videotapes showing the harsh interrogation of two al Qaeda detainees in 2005 triggered concerns within the CIA over whether it was adequately cleared, according to newly released documents.

Obama wrong to release interrogation memosupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 13:36:00

I know that the story has moved on, that the outline of the journalistic narrative has been set, and that the "first draft" of history has been just about finalized. Before the ink dries though, I would like to offer at least a footnote.

Commentary: Obama wrong to release interrogation memosupdated: Mon Oct 19 2009 11:58:00

I know that the story has moved on, that the outline of the journalistic narrative has been set, and that the "first draft" of history has been just about finalized. Before the ink dries though, I would like to offer at least a footnote.

Recording reveals phone banter before deadly Hudson crashupdated: Fri Oct 09 2009 11:15:00

An air traffic controller was joking with a woman about a dead cat just moments before a helicopter and small plane collided over the Hudson River in August, according to a recording released Thursday by the Federal Aviation Administration.

House Democrats dropping photo provision from war funding billupdated: Tue Jun 09 2009 10:18:00

House Democratic leaders plan to drop a provision -- backed by President Obama -- from the $100 billion war funding bill that would bar the release of detainee photos, according to House Democratic congressional aides.

Videos renew debate on military use of animalsupdated: Fri Jun 05 2009 17:52:00

Newly released videos are raising questions about the military's continued use of live animals in simulated battlefield medical training.

CNNMoney: Uncle Sam's bank deals need more disclosureupdated: Fri Jun 05 2009 10:56:00

Investors often demand more disclosure on mergers and acquisitions. But taxpayers -- who have billions at stake in government bailouts of financial firms -- are justified in feeling envious of the information provided when privately held, publicly listed companies do deals.

Supreme Court asked to weigh in on detainee photosupdated: Fri May 29 2009 12:27:00

The Obama administration is turning to the Supreme Court as it seeks to block public release of photos apparently depicting abuse of suspected terrorists and foreign soldiers in U.S. custody.

14 percent of those freed from Gitmo reoffend, source saysupdated: Thu May 21 2009 23:39:00

Preliminary intelligence assessments show more than 14 percent of detainees released from Guantanamo Bay have returned or are suspected of having returned to terrorism activities, an administration official with knowledge of the Defense Department's information said.

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