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Freedom of Information Act

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.

Investigating the West Coast Mafia

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 07.19.2014 | Books
Andrea Chalupa

Despite Michael's Tahoe compound, and the beautiful Fredo scene on the lake, I never thought of California, where I grew up, as mafia country. The mafia still seemed a world away and more at home on the crowded streets of Little Italy and the Corleone olive orchards. Turns out the mafia was closer to home than I could have ever imagined.

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.

Accountability Matters -- Standing Up For Our Right To Know

Arshad Hasan | Posted 06.08.2014 | Impact
Arshad Hasan

From closed bridges in New Jersey, to favors for polluters in North Carolina, to accepting expensive gifts in Virginia from high-dollars donors in loo...

Casting Sunlight on Secret Government and Its Contractors

Ralph Nader | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Unfortunately, despite lofty initial campaign promises by the Obama administration, widespread government secrecy has only worsened in recent years and access to information by journalists and activists is disturbingly limited.

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....

Email Shows Effort To Shield Osama Bin Laden Photos

AP | STEPHEN BRAUN | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A newly-released email shows that 11 days after the killing of terror leader Osama bin Laden in 2011, the U.S. military's top spec...

Few Service Members Who Commit Sex Crimes Go To Prison: Report

AP | RICHARD LARDNER and YURI KAGEYAMA | Posted 04.11.2014 | Crime

TOKYO (AP) — After a night of heavy drinking at the Globe and Anchor, a watering hole for enlisted Marines in Okinawa, Japan, a female service membe...

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...

US Court Denies Halt on Pipeline Set to Replace Keystone XL Northern Half

Steve Horn | Posted 01.24.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

That 600-mile long, 600,000 barrels per day proposed line runs from Flanagan, Illinois - located in the north central part of the state -- down to Cushing, Oklahoma, dubbed the "pipeline crossroads of the world."

Matt Sledge

The FBI Doesn't Want You To Know Why It Won't Tell You Its Secrets

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 11.14.2013 | Politics

The FBI is going long to keep its secret files on animal rights activists a secret: It is fighting public records requests about why it keeps denying ...

Should the Government Be Punished When It Lies to the Courts?

Ahilan Arulanantham | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics
Ahilan Arulanantham

Should the government be allowed to lie to the courts in the name of national security? This is the question that judges on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will have to consider in the next few weeks.

Newly Disclosed Documents Reveal Extreme Lengths Military Brass Go to Protect High-ranking Perpetrators of Sexual Assault

Nancy Parrish | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics
Nancy Parrish

Senior military leaders have repeatedly told Congress and the public that they have "zero tolerance" for sexual assaults in the ranks and that they have changed the culture to address the crisis.

Ryan J. Reilly

Official Who Leaked Obama's Aunt's Immigration Status Thought Americans Had 'A Right To Know'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An Immigration and Customs Enforcement official admitted he tipped off a reporter that Barack Obama’s aunt was undocumented just four ...

Top Secret: How Might I. F. Stone View the Snowden Situation

Alison Winfield Burns | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics
Alison Winfield Burns

Resurrecting the mighty I. F. Stone into the fray with Snowden, the NSA, and Washington: First, as to the facts.

Freedom of Information Act Now Classified

Jerome Halligan | Posted 10.26.2013 | Comedy
Jerome Halligan

Also classified is Obama's "Transparency and Open Government" memo of 2009, and H.R. 553, The Reducing Over-Classification Act.

Osama Bin Laden Photos Case Could Be Headed To Supreme Court

Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics

A conservative group suing the government to obtain photos taken of Osama bin Laden's dead body is taking its case to the Supreme Court. An appeals...

Tax Analysts v. Internal Revenue Service

Christopher Bergin | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics
Christopher Bergin

About a week ago I wrote a post, which noted that although Tax Analysts has been involved in various litigation with the IRS for more than 40 years, we were not founded to sue the IRS. Well, we just sued the IRS. Hypocritical? Not at all.

ExxonMobil Baton Rouge veers away from unions, United Steel Workers say

Susan Buchanan | Posted 09.21.2013 | Business
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the July 22, 2013 edition.) On a drive through Baton Rouge on Interstate 110, you've probabl...

ExxonMobil is scrutinized in Baton Rouge after past leaks

Susan Buchanan | Posted 09.13.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the July 15, 2013 edition.) Government agencies and neighbors are keeping an eye on Baton Rou...

Does New Policy Protect Intelligence Whistleblowers?

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

Whistleblowers can't be expected to make internal disclosures without credible protections. PPD-19 is a promising step towards a more accountable intelligence community.

Obama State Department Admits It Doesn't Know Keystone XL's Exact Route

Steve Horn | Posted 09.08.2013 | Green
Steve Horn

These are important questions that Secretary Kerry, and ultimately President Obama, must answer. The fact that neither man has any clue where TransCanada intends to place the Keystone XL pipeline is a troubling revelation that demands immediate and thorough scrutiny.

Dear NSA, George Orwell Is Watching You

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 08.16.2013 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's a month of ironies focused on Net freedom and somebody is benefiting from it - with a great sense of humor to boot. Irony 1: "Dear NSA, you can ...

Newtown Records Measure Draws Criticism From Transparency Advocates

AP | DAVE COLLINS | Posted 06.02.2013 | Politics

HARTFORD, Conn. -- A plan by Connecticut officials to withhold some Newtown school shooting records from the public would be another blow to governmen...

Supreme Court Says FOIA Requests Can Be Blocked By States

AP | JESSE J. HOLLAND | Posted 06.29.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that it's legal for a state to limit use of its Freedom of Information Act to its own residents. Th...