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Freedom of Information Laws

The EU's Attack on Citizens' Right to Know

James Thornton | Posted 10.29.2012 | World
James Thornton

The European Commission is engaged in a war against its citizens right to know. This might not strike you as a very important issue. On the contrary, it goes to the heart of democracy.

Hurdles Block Important Access Laws

State Integrity Investigation | Caitlin Ginley | Posted 06.01.2012 | Politics

Early last month, lawmakers in Iowa completed work on a new open records statute. Senate File 430 creates the Iowa Public Information Board, a nine-me...

Lawsuit: Where In New York Is Police Commissioner Ray Kelly?

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 12.18.2011 | New York

Perhaps because the NYPD is bigger than the FBI and has anti-aircraft capabilities, The New York Civil Liberties Union believes New Yorkers should at ...

Washington Post, New York Times Fail on FOIA

Brec Cooke | Posted 07.16.2011 | Media
Brec Cooke

With much editorial commentary frequently limited to no more than 750 words, one would think that two of the nation's premier news organizations would jump at the chance to educate the public on the ins and outs of public disclosure laws.

Faster FOIA Act Clears Senate Hurdle

AP | SHARON THEIMER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Legislation to speed the government's response to open records requests is a step closer to becoming law. The Senate Judiciary Com...

Letters Reveal True Views Of UK Diplomats

AP | DAVID STRINGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LONDON — It's not exactly diplomatic – details of what British ambassadors really think about their foreign hosts were disclosed Sunday fo...

Aides Pressing Obama to Give Up His Other Vice: His Blackberry

Peter Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Scheer

Giving up the Blackberry gains Obama protection only in the limited sense that 1) he will create fewer records than if he used it, and 2) the records he creates will be more likely to be vetted.

Congress Eases Access To Government Records

AP | LAURIE KELLMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Congress on Tuesday struck back at the Bush administration's trend toward secrecy since the 2001 terrorist attacks, passing legislation to toughen the...