OpenTheGovernment.org launches Sunshine Week, Washington’s annual open governrnent policypalooza, with an all-star panel discussion on Friday morning at the Newseum in Washington D.C
The event will bring together reporters and policy-makers to talk about the past and present of the national security state. Its the start of a week of activities in support of opening up the government.
Betty Medsger, author of the recent book about the 1971 break-in to the Media, PA FBI Field Office, will talk about how that event lead to the exposure of the FBI’s notorious COINTELPRO program to disrupt liberal and leftist organizations, a precursor scandal to today’s NSA stories
(Why COINTELLPRO still matters, Jan. 7, 2014)
Medsger will be joined by my old friend Spencer Ackerman, whom I hired in 2007 as an ace reporter for the late lamented Washington Independent. Spencer went on to distinguish himself as a passionate and creative national security reporter at Wired and now the Guardian. He always has interesting things to say.
The event start at 9:45 and is open to the public. Reserve your seat now by registering online — or watch via webcast.