Category Archives: Freedom of Information Act

Yes, but fork over $111,930 for those records

A research group recently received an answer for its 2006 records request. Yes, you can have the records. If you pay nearly $112,000. This is how the requester responded to that price tag: “Your letter provides no information why 861 … Continue reading

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Another federal office … but could this one be helpful?

Got tipped off to this by The FOIA Blog: A new federal office just opened that is supposed to help mediate disputes that arise from federal agencies’ responses to Freedom of Information Act requests. Federal Computer Week reported that the … Continue reading

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Music as torture

Bands like Pearl Jam and Nine Inch Nails (that’s Trent Reznor at right) aren’t happy their music may have been used to torture prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, and they’ve filed a Freedom of Information Act request to get the song … Continue reading

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New blog by National Security Archive

Unredacted is a “behind-the-scenes” blog just launched by the nonprofit National Security Archive at GWU: “The Archive’s own experience with thousands of Freedom of Information Act and Mandatory Declassification Review requests provides a wealth of data and fundamental lessons that … Continue reading

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Bank bailouts and Anna Nicole Smith

You never know who you’ll meet when you start hanging with open records. Examples of open records stuff in the news right now: The Project on Government Oversight says in this blog post that an audit of the federal bank … Continue reading

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In case you missed it: U.S. Withheld Data Showing Cellphone Driving Risks

This story from the New York Times reveals that the federal government sat on a bunch of “research and warnings about the use of phones by drivers – in part, officials say, because of concerns about angering Congress.”

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White House Discloses Health-Care Execs’ Visits (Politico)

A victory for public access: The Secret Service originally denied requests for President Obama’s list of visitors from the health care industry — in the middle of the health care reform negotiations — but reversed course and released the list. … Continue reading

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Saddam Hussein’s interviews with FBI

FBI special agents had 20 formal interviews and at least five casual conversations with former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein (“High Value Detainee #1″) after his capture by U.S. troops in 2003. That’s according to secret FBI reports released via Freedom … Continue reading

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Palin, Obama and public records

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s impending resignation prompted MSNBC investigative reporter Bill Dedman to note that the public is still waiting on Alaska’s government to produce e-mails from Palin’s time in office before the November 2008 election. Reading Dedman’s story, I … Continue reading

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Congress’ travel bills are up

Interesting read: The Wall Street Journal reports that Congressional travel bills are up almost tenfold since 1995, and 50 percent since Democrats became the majority party in Congress two years ago. Lawmakers spent $13 million on overseas travel in 2008, … Continue reading

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