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6/9/2015 On Tuesday, June 9, 2015, Senators McCain, Feinstein, Reed, and Collins introduced legislation to make the U.S. Army Field Manual on Interrogations the standard for all U.S. government interrogations to make sure that the United States never uses torture again. Seven human rights and civil liberties organizations, including the ACLU, the Center for Victims of Torture, The Constitution Project, […]
8/5/2014 Human Rights First makes a strong case for declassifying the executive summary of the long awaited Senate report on the history of CIA torture after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Take a look at and share its ads in the Washington Post. We can’t afford to let the CIA bury the truth or quash the report.
8/5/2014 From 2009 to 2014 the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) conducted a comprehensive oversight review of the CIA’s interrogation and detention program in the years following 9/11. The Senate report on CIA torture shows that the CIA used torture and other brutal interrogation techniques, and misled the executive branch, Congress, and the public about […]
7/15/2014 Washington, D.C.—Stephen Rickard, the executive director of the Open Society Policy Center, testified last Thursday before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa on the importance of the Leahy Law vetting to prohibit the U.S. Government from providing military assistance to security forces abroad who have committed gross human rights violations. The Leahy Law bars […]
6/11/2014 The Open Society Policy Center has joined human rights and civil liberties groups to support Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-Calif.) legislation requiring the president to provide an annual public report on the total number of persons killed or injured in drone strikes. Human rights and transparency groups will continue to seek additional ways to advance this bill as a […]
4/9/2014 Publish What You Pay (PWYP), the global network campaigning for greater openness in the extractive sector, urged the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Thursday, March 20, to issue a rule on payment disclosures for oil, gas, and mining companies. Members of the PWYP coalition, including the Open Society Policy Center, presented their case for […]
4/3/2014 The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence voted 11 to 3 on Thursday to declassify its report on the CIA’s torture program. The Open Society Policy Center welcomes this development, thanks the Committee for its hard work, and encourages President Obama to expedite its review of the report. “Like locking up Japanese-Americans after Pearl Harbor, torturing […]
4/3/2014 The Open Society Policy Center and more than a dozen other human rights organization praised legislation introduced by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) to require the President to disclose the number of “combatants” and “civilians” killed or injured by drone strikes outside of Afghanistan since 2008 and in future years. The legislation, called the Targeted Lethal […]
3/20/2014 As the U.S. military prepares to exit Afghanistan, its future strategy will be based on a light footprint: Its focus will be to partner with professional, capable military forces to address local security challenges, according to the Pentagon’s just-released Quadrennial Defense Review. This strategy, led by the military’s Combatant Commanders, has evolved over time. It […]
11/13/2013 A review of government reports on previous use of license exemptions shows that Iran, China and Libya exploited these exemptions to obtain U.S. weapons and spare parts. More exemptions increases the risk of unauthorized transfers and that’s why Congress must act to mitigate the increased risk of U.S. arms reaching Iran.
11/13/2013 Supporters of the Obama Administration’s arms export control reform initiative frequently cite economic benefits – namely an increase in exports of U.S. defense products and resulting job creation. But a closer look raises questions about that claim.
11/13/2013 In October 2013, the first batch of the Obama administration’s changes to the U.S. export control regime went into effect. Here are 10 questions that lawmakers and journalists should be asking about those changes.
11/13/2013 Congress’s Carefully Legislated Web of Statutes Being Dismantled by Regulatory Fiat
6/13/2013 The Open Society Policy Center and seven other human rights and government accountability groups sent a letter to Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, asking him to require the Pentagon to provide more public information about assistance the Department of Defense is providing to armed forces around the world. Last […]
12/14/2012 OSPC applauds Senate Select Intelligence Committee bipartisan vote to adopt exhaustive report on CIA interrogation programs
7/26/2012 OSPC joins national organizations to thank Senate Armed Services Committee members who voted to open the committee’s markup of the National Defense Authorization Act.
3/15/2012 Diverse organizations urge the Senate Armed Services Committee to conduct annual defense authorization bill business in public.
10/25/2011 CLPI's report highlights the negative impact of the president's Executive Order on Ethics and calls on the Obama Administration to revisit the lobbyist label. The executive order does not distinguish between public interest and private interest lobbyists causing a decline in nonprofit advocacy.
9/14/2011 The Open Society Policy Center co-hosts a panel discussion on proposed amendments to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the future of global anti-corruption efforts.
6/22/2011 30+ groups call on Congress to restore the e-gov fund that helps hold the U.S. government transparent and accountable.
4/8/2011 OSPC calls on Congressional leaders to ensure government accountability by preserving funding levels of transparency programs.
4/14/2009 In support of Dawn Johnsen, nominee for assistant attorney general to the Office of Legal Counsel, OSPC has issued a fact sheet urging her Congressional confirmation.
12/10/2007 On Friday, December 7, the Open Society Policy Center released a statement on the destruction of videotapes of interrogations by the Central Intelligence Agency.
8/30/2007 Distinguished experts identify pressing foreign policy issues facing the United States and outline alternatives for successful foreign policy that harnesses power in support of a peaceful and prosperous world, in this anthology co-edited by OSPC's Morton Halperin.
11/20/2004 The Open Society Policy Center strongly encourages members of the Senate to examine Dr. Rice's record and question her positions and actions on foreign policy.
11/20/2004 The Open Society Policy Center strongly encourages a careful examination of Mr. Gonzales's record.
10/27/2004 Mark Danner has written a brilliant account of how the Abu Ghraib scandal came about – based in part on never before published documents – and the challenges that it continues to raise.