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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...

How Government Contractors Hide Public Information

Donald Cohen | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics
Donald Cohen

Contractors use those loopholes as justification to hide basic public information from taxpayers including the fees they charge the public, how they spend public funds, and the details on the quality of public services they are paid to provide.

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder Used Email Aliases. DOJ Says It Wasn't A Transparency Dodge.

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Eric Holder has used three email aliases to conduct government business over the past six years, a Justice Department o...

Hillary and Her Emails: Another View

Joel Cohen | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Joel Cohen

If we have a high ranking public official concerned that her emails are up for grabs because the opposition party seeks to undermine her and the president she works for, she will (perhaps should) do what is necessary to protect her immaterial, unfiltered thoughts that made their way into emails.

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...

Congress Fails To Revise Government Records Law

AP | By MATTHEW DALY | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Advocates for greater openness in government were frustrated after Congress failed to update the Freedom of Information Act despit...

Shaw: Illinois' Freedom of Information Act Must Remain Functional to Uncover Instances of Corruption

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.18.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Ever since Illinois rewrote and bolstered its Freedom of Information Act in 2010, government officials of all stripes have done their best to chip away at it. Such is the case with a bill vetoed this year by Gov. Pat Quinn.

Where's the Accountability?

Sam Inglot | Posted 01.04.2015 | Politics
Sam Inglot

The department might as well have set a filing cabinet of public records on fire or shoved hundreds of pages of communications through a paper shredder. In this case, someone pressed delete and the public's right to know went completely out the window.

Matt Sledge

CIA Doesn't Think It's Keeping Too Many Secrets

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics

The CIA is locked in an epic battle with the Senate over how much information about its George W. Bush-era torture tactics should be released. Senator...

Watch Lists and the First and Fourth Amendments

Peter Van Buren | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Ray McGovern was put on the State Department's Diplomatic Security Be On the Look Out list-- one of a series of proliferating government watch lists. What he did to end up on Diplomatic Security's dangerous persons list and how he got off the list are a tale of our era, Post-Constitutional America.

Matt Sledge

Government Invokes 'Privacy' Exemption To Conceal Secrets

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics

When the National Security Agency wanted to block the public release of former contractor Edward Snowden's emails, it found an unlikely ally: His priv...

The BGA fights for FOIA requests

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.08.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

In July, The Better Government Association sued the Illinois High School Association for denying a Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, request for in...

Lee Camp Features Gen. Petraeus Oil Wars Video on Redacted Tonight

Steve Horn | Posted 08.08.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Comedian Lee Camp premiered a never-before-televised video of former CIA Director General David Petraeus  -- who now serves as Chairman of the Ko...

A FOIA Flaw and the Obama Administration's Failure to Fix It

Alan B. Morrison | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Alan B. Morrison

On May 20, 2014, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the CIA's refusal to turn over under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), part five, of the draft history of the flawed 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.

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.

The 'Front Page Rule'

Melissa Schwartz | Posted 06.17.2014 | Media
Melissa Schwartz

Despite an organization's best efforts at reputation management, a nasty (or worse yet, entertaining) anecdote about leadership can go viral in an instant.

Interview With Betty Medsger, Author Of The Burglary

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This was a historic burglary, to put it mildly. It was also the first time modern newspapers were faced with the ethical question of whether to publish news stories which had as their sole source stolen government documents that arrived anonymously in the mail.

Before Snowden, Before Wikileaks, Before the Church Committee, Before Deep Throat, Before The Pentagon Papers... There Was The Burglary

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Forty-three years ago this month, an obscure branch office of the Federal Bureau of Investigations located in a Philadelphia suburb was burgled. All their files were stolen (being 1971, these files were all on paper) and whisked away to a secret hideout, then they were sorted and sent to the media.

Obama Administration Cites 'National Security' More Than Ever To Censor, Deny Records

AP | JACK GILLUM and TED BRIDIS | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration more often than ever censored government files or outright denied access to them last year under the U.S....

USDA: Time to Stop the Chicken Industry From Boiling Birds Alive

Bruce Friedrich | Posted 05.03.2014 | Green
Bruce Friedrich

That's right: The agency charged with enforcing the Humane Slaughter Act refuses to enforce it for more than 98 percent of slaughtered animals.

The Government Shutdown Hurt Thousands Of Immigration Cases

AP | AMY TAXIN | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The federal government shutdown last year delayed more than 37,000 immigration hearings by months or years for immigrants already...

Honduras: The Secrecy Law

Marco Cáceres | Posted 03.30.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

When the National Congress, under the leadership of Juan Orlando Hernández, arbitrarily voted on December 12, 2012 to dismiss four of the 15 Supreme ...

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.

U.S. Navy Mistakenly Emails Reporter Plans To Dodge FOIA Requests

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Navy has apologized for mistakenly sending Washington television reporter Scott MacFarlane an internal email plotting ways to d...

JPMorgan, Fed Battled Over Controversial Business

Reuters | Posted 01.27.2014 | Business

By David Sheppard and Josephine Mason LONDON/NEW YORK, Nov 27 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve was pressing JPMorgan Chase & Co to dist...