Government Secrecy and Freedom of Information Links
Western States Legal Foundation Leaflet, Civil Liberties Resources (printable pdf, 2pp.)
American Civil Liberties Union
Extensive information and opportunities for citizen action on civil liberties issues.National Lawyers' Guild Know Your Rights page
Excellent page of references, including a handbook on basic rights if the police or FBI come to your door. The handbook is available in several languages on-line or as a printable pdf file. This page also has a list of organizations that will provide referrals to lawyers in civil liberties cases.National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
Main number: 415-285-5067Center for Constitutional Rights
Includes an analysis of the “Patriot Act” and its impact on constitutional rights in the United States, materials on military tribunals and detainees, the law of war, and more.Bill of Rights Defense Committee
Originating with a Massachusetts effort to pass resolutions urging state and local governments to use their powers where possible to protect residents against repressive federal government measures such as the Patriot Act, this project now maintains a web site with a variety of useful civil liberties materials. It includes resources on how to pass a resolution supporting civil liberties in your town, and links to a variety of legal information and commentary on the erosion of civil liberties resulting from the approach taken by the U.S. government to its open-ended “war on terror.”Resources for Librarians: Balancing Information Access Since September 11
In the Post-Sept 11 environment, libraries are coping with varied issues ranging from restricted accessing of government information to confidentiality of patron records and activities. This on-line fact sheet provides links to important web sites that track events and issues or provide statements of policy relevant to libraries.American Library Association Patriot Act Links and other Resources
Terrorism Law and Policy resources
This site, maintained by the University of Pittsburgh Law School, provides links to a huge compendium of terrorism-related law and policy news, analysis, and government documents, including many relevant to the impact of anti-terrorist legislation and policies on civil liberties.Electronic Frontier Foundation
EFF focuses on privacy and free speech issues relevant to electronic media. This site features a “take action” section that helps users submit comments such current issues to decision makers.Human Rights, a publication of the American Bar Association, Winter 2002 issue on constitutional rights in the post 9/11 context, including an array of opinions on the Patriot Act.
The draft of this proposal was obtained by the Center for Public Integrity. Their report, and a downloadable copy of the proposal, can be found by clicking on the link above.
Federation of American Scientists Government Secrecy Project
This page has a wide range of resources on government secrecy, ranging from classification and declassification issues both current and historic to the impact of current and pending legislation on government openness. You can subscribe here to the excellent FAS Government Secrecy Project e-mail newsletter.Public Citizen Bush Administration Secrecy Page
Good summaries and links to key documents on Bush Administration actions increasing secrecy in government and impeding public and Congressional scrutiny.Public Citizen Freedom of Information Clearinghouse
Extensive FOIA information, including links to legal resources, sample litigation materials, and more.Electronic Privacy Information Center
Good information on open government issues and threats to civil liberties resulting from the anti-terror war and related legislation, such as the Patriot Act and the legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security. Particular focus on computer, internet, and electronic transaction privacy issues.Homefront Confidential
A report on how the war on terrorism affects access to information and the public's right to know, Prepared by The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the PressFOIALAW.NET
This site provides resources for research on freedom of information law worldwide. Links to both government and NGO sites, with some hard to find information on such issues as NATO impact on freedom of information issues.National Security Archive FOIA page
This site has links to the text of the Freedom of Information Act and amendments, provides a sample FOIA request and appeal letter, and has other useful information.Selected U.S. Government Freedom of Information Act Web Sites
U.S. Department of JusticeThis site has a FOIA guide and other reference materials and a list of federal agency FOIA points of contacts and web sites.
Department of DefenseIncludes links to FOIA web sites for DOD agencies and military services.