Civil Liberties and Constitutional Rights

A Request for Intelligence Community Employees With Bad Prepublication Review Experiences

By Jack Goldsmith
Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 10:02 AM

I’ve written a lot (usually with Oona Hathaway) about the pathologies of the government’s prepublication review procedures. The Knight Institute and the American Civil Liberties Union have filed lawsuits under the Freedom of Information Act that seek records that about various agencies’ prepublication review policies and practices, as a prelude, I think, to arguing for reform of these practices. They are also “gathering information from former intelligence community employees who have personal experience of the process,” and are interested especially in meeting people who have had bad experiences when they “submitted manuscripts for review or through having reviewed manuscripts submitted by others.” If you have had a bad experience with prepublication review and are willing to convey it to Knight Institute and ACLU lawyers, please send a note to or and someone will get in touch.