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Polar Bears, Princess Diana, Gun Rights: The Opinions of Obama's Supreme Court Nominee, Merrick Garland

The Conversation US | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

Merrick Garland, President Obama's pick for the Supreme Court, has become the subject of enormous controversy, pitting politics against history and dueling readings of the Constitution. But if Senate Judiciary Committee did interview him, what would they ask?

Sunshine Week: Encouraging Transparency in Government in 2016

David Chavern | Posted 03.16.2016 | Media
David Chavern

If the legislation is passed, these missteps can be exposed quicker and amended faster. It is the media's job to shine a light -- but we will continue to remain in darkness for too long unless these improvements are enacted.

Monsanto and its Promoters vs. Freedom of Information

Ralph Nader | Posted 10.02.2015 | Green
Ralph Nader

As the FOIA approaches its 50th year, it faces a disturbing backlash from scientists tied to the agrichemical company Monsanto and its allies.

Setting a New Standard for Science Transparency

Kevin Folta | Posted 09.22.2015 | Science
Kevin Folta

Things have been a little intense lately and the little voice in my head keeps begging, "How did I get here?" In other times of quiet introspection the little voice in my head says, "What would you have done differently?" What the heck happened?

Clinton's Secrecy Damages the Foundation of Our Democracy

Erich Pica | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Erich Pica

It is disingenuous to say that some of the richest and most well-connected companies in the world are donating to the Clinton Foundation, or any other cause, without expecting a return on their investment.

Gawker Files FOIA Lawsuit Against U.S. State Department For Access To Clinton Aide's Emails

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 03.17.2015 | Media

Gawker Media is suing the U.S. State Department under the Freedom of Information Act for access to emails between former Deputy Assistant Secretary of...

FOIA Lawsuits Spike In 2014

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 12.23.2014 | Media

In 2014, 422 Freedom of Information Act lawsuits were filed against the federal government, more than any year "since at least 2001," the FOIA Project...

District Attorney Intimidates Oregon Citizen Seeking Open Records

Russ Belville | Posted 11.29.2014 | Politics
Russ Belville

Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis of Astoria, Oregon, is none too happy about citizens like me poking around in his public records.

Ex-Air Force Law Enforcement Agent Says He Hoaxed Major UFO Mythologies

Alejandro Rojas | Posted 07.13.2014 | Weird News
Alejandro Rojas

Richard Doty claims that while he was a special agent for the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations, he was tasked with hoaxing documents and feeding false information to UFO researchers. The Air Force refuses to comment on whether they knew of his activities and whether his claims of partaking in this activity at the behest of his superiors is accurate.

How Freedom of Information Can Protect Animals

Stephen Wells | Posted 03.29.2014 | Green
Stephen Wells

People have a right to information that may impact their choices and assures that the government and private entities are following the law. We can't act if we don't know, and knowledge gives us the power to act.

Obama's Legacy Of Secrecy

Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 06.19.2013 | Green
Tom Zeller Jr.

"Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their government is doing," Obama declared when he first took office in 2009. "My administration will take appropriate action, consistent with law and policy, to disclose information rapidly in forms that the public can readily find and use." By almost any measure, that has not happened.

Lynne Peeples

Watchdog Groups Slam Military's Ongoing 'Secrecy' Over Camp Lejeune Water Contamination | Lynne Peeples | Posted 01.24.2012 | Green

Government watchdogs are crying "bullshit" and calling the U.S. Navy a "bully" in response to a redacted federal report on the drinking water supply a...

When the Government Lies

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

The Department of Justice has proposed federal regulations that would authorize the United States government to lie to the American people. This is not as crazy as it seems.

Shadow Elite: WikiLeaks, FOIA and the Cultural Life of Government Secrecy

Michael G. Powell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael G. Powell

When we become aware of government secrecy -- as we do through redaction in WikiLeaks document dumps -- it raises our consciousness about the exercise of power and especially the potential abuse of that power.

FOI'led Again! Irish Digital Journalist Uses Freedom of Information to Open Irish Government

John Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
John Lee

On his own time and largely his own dime, Gavin Sheridan has been using Freedom of Information requests to accumulate, digitize and disseminate a database of -- until now -- hidden Irish government information.

Fox Business Sues Federal Reserve

Fox Business | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

FOX Business Network has expanded its quest for documents from the Federal Reserve in order to shed light on which financial firms borrowed funds duri...

Defense Department Turns Down My FOIA Request for Mohamed Al Hanashi's Autopsy Report

Naomi Wolf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Naomi Wolf

In December 2009 I submitted a FOIA request to the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology to obtain documents relating to Mohammed al Hanashi's death. In response, I got the runaround.

Fox News Appeals Ruling For Bailout Disclosure

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Fox News Network LLC on Wednesday appealed a U.S. judge's decision not to force the U.S. Federal Reserve to reveal the names of participants in its em...

Corporate Jet roup Tries To Block ProPublica Freedom Of Information Act Request

ProPublica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

That got ProPublica interested in how many other companies had asked the FAA to excise their planes' tail numbers from records tracking private flight...

Danny Shea

Fox News Files Freedom Of Information Request With Department Of Homeland Security Over Right Wing Extremist Threat | Danny Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Huffington Post has obtained a letter from Fox News to the Department of Homeland Security requesting they release the entire report on the right-...

Obama May Release Torture Documents Exposing Bush Administration Lawbreaking

Washington Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This week, the Obama administration will face its second significant courtroom test of the president's pledges to end unwarranted secrecy about the wo...