Coalition Letter on OLC Sunlight Act
In this coalition letter, the ACLU and other civil society groups urge members of the U.S. House of Representatives to cosponsor the OLC SUNLIGHT Act to bring more transparency and accountability to a powerful government office that operates with too much secrecy. This legislation would require the public release of all final legal opinions issued by the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), with limited and appropriate redactions, and a list of all final OLC opinions in existence. Although these OLC memos are binding on the executive branch with the force of law and secret law has no place in a democracy, they are all too often kept secret from Congress and the public. We urge congressional action to mandate their disclosure.