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Freedom of Information Act

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 | 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 | 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.

Before Meningitis Outbreak, Pharmacy Avoided Sanctions

Reuters | Posted 12.22.2012 | Healthy Living

By Toni Clarke and Tim McLaughlin BOSTON, Oct 23 (Reuters) - The pharmacy tied to a deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak es...

How to Sabotage California's Freedom of Information Law

Peter Scheer | Posted 12.15.2012 | Media
Peter Scheer

If enforcing rights to public records carries with it a risk of having to pay the government's legal fees and costs, the California Public Records Act will be a dead letter.

Obama Cabinet Fails Test

Bloomberg | Posted 09.28.2012 | Politics

On his first full day in office, President Barack Obama ordered federal officials to "usher in a new era of open government" and "act promptly" to mak...

New Podcast: Just How Secret Is the Government?

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 11.26.2012 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

One promising development this year was the disclosure of the intelligence budget, a figure that had never been available before.

Controversial CIA Operative Dies At 84

AP | Posted 11.22.2012 | Politics

SEATTLE — Edwin Wilson set up front companies abroad for the CIA, made millions in the arms trade and entertained generals and congressmen at hi...

Hickenlooper Questions Use Of Honey In White House Beer

Posted 09.08.2012 | Denver

Democrat John Hickenlooper may be one of the nation's most popular governors, but he's not a very sweet guy... when it comes to beer, that is. On ...

No Paper Trail at CPS

Matt Farmer | Posted 10.27.2012 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

As a taxpayer and a public school parent, I want to believe that some thoughtful analysis went into the decision to turn Roberto Clemente High School into a so-called International Baccalaureate high school.

Freedom Of Information Act Request Filed For White House Beer Recipe

Posted 08.22.2012 | Home

Obama is a big enough fan of his White House beer (and beer in general) that he's now carrying it on the campaign bus and occasionally handing out bot...

Tea Party Favorite Blasted For 'Hyprocrisy'

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 08.14.2012 | Politics

The Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Ohio is being criticized for his support of the federal Freedom of Information Act, following a series of dela...

Treasury Officials Met With Prostitutes, Accepted Gifts From Regulated Institutions: Report

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 07.16.2012 | Business

Working at the Treasury frankly sounds kind of boring, which may explain why a number of employees allegedly spiced up their lives with golf, prostitu...

A Test of Judicial Integrity

Jamie Kalven | Posted 09.12.2012 | Chicago
Jamie Kalven

A drama is unfolding in Illinois courts that has profound implications for police accountability and governmental transparency. A central issue in this case is whether records related to police misconduct are quintessential public information.

White House Denies Requests For 'Targeted Killing' Files

AP | Posted 08.20.2012 | Media

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has rejected requests from The New York Times and the American Civil Liberties Union seeking information ...

FBI Halts Case Against Child Porn Site

Posted 07.10.2012 | Technology

By Matt Liebowitz, SecurityNewsDaily Staff Writer UPDATED: The TOR Project has clarified that it does not in fact instruct law-enforcement agents o...

To Stop Corruption, Egypt Needs a Freedom of Information Law

Sahar Aziz | Posted 07.23.2012 | World
Sahar Aziz

For Egypt to achieve sustainable democracy, many reforms remain to be implemented, the most important of which is public access to information that permits meaningful government accountability.

Internet Restrictions: How Much Should We Worry About Our Freedom of Information?

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 07.21.2012 | Technology
Marianne Mollmann

From a human rights perspective, blanket restrictions on specific means of communication should always raise red flags.