Mark Rumold, the Open Government Legal Fellow at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, discusses the 40 thousand estimated FBI violations of laws, Executive Orders and other regulations committed during intelligence operations from 2001-2008; the post-Watergate origin of the Intelligence Oversight Board, and its severe curtailment during the Bush administration; Obama’s failure to change the government culture of arbitrary and excessive redaction of documents; and the encouraging (if probably temporary) bipartisan defeat of the PATRIOT Act’s reauthorization.
MP3 here. (16:56)
Mark is the Open Government Legal Fellow at EFF, where he works primarily on the FOIA Litigation for Accountable Government (FLAG) Project. His legal interests include the First Amendment, information privacy, and the ways technology can improve how we structure government. He received his law degree from Boalt Hall and his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University.