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Freedom of Information Act

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...

Obama 'Openness' Pledge Falls Flat

AP | JACK GILLUM and TED BRIDIS | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration answered more requests from the public to see government records under the Freedom of Information Act last year...

Ryan J. Reilly

DOJ: John Brennan Didn't Officially Disclose CIA Drones Program

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- John Brennan, President Barack Obama's nominee to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency, didn't officially acknowledge the CIA'...

Obama Administration Rejected FOIA Before Touting Drone White Paper

Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics
Ryan J. Reilly

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration rejected a Freedom of Information Act request for the "white paper" outlining the legal justification for the t...

A Call to Action: 'The Color of Corporate Corrections'

Michaela Pommells | Posted 03.25.2013 | Latino Voices
Michaela Pommells

Requiring private corrections facilities to comply with FOIA is a forceful step in requiring racial inequities be made transparent and help to break down an institution that is inherently structured to have a disparate impact on people of color.

Aaron Swartz and the Questions That None Dare Ask Obama

Will Bunch | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Will Bunch

Swartz's persecution can't be passed off as an isolated incident. Instead, it feels more like the exclamation point on an administration whose commitment to maintaining secrecy, blocking transparency, limiting the flow of information and squelching dissent has been both unexpected and shocking.

Ryan J. Reilly

Court Considers Release Of Postmortem Bin Laden Photos

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Judges on a federal appeals court here gave little indication on Thursday they would second-guess the Obama administration's assertion t...

Judge Regretfully Rules Law Doesn't Require US Government to Explain Its Drone War

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

This is one of the best reasons I've heard yet for why the Obama administration should release the legal memos written to justify its overseas targeted killings of terror suspects, regardless of whether any court ever orders it to.