Obama Administration Continues To Fight Against Transparency

By: Monday March 17, 2014 8:36 am

Despite promising to be the most transparent administration in history, the administration under President Barack Obama has fought against disclosing public records and sought to slow and restrain the process of releasing records it had to. Another broken promise. An analysis by the Associated Press revealed the lack of transparency which – paired with the [...]

FOIA: DoD Documents On Health Effects Of Exposure To Depleted Uranium Weapons

By: Tuesday February 25, 2014 8:57 am

In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by Firedoglake on the health effects of exposure to controversial weapons that use depleted uranium, the Department of Defense sent a series of studies and agency memorandum concerning the health effects on US personnel after they were exposed to depleted uranium. Depleted uranium (DU) weapons [...]

MIT Interjects Itself Into Aaron Swartz Secret Service FOIA Case

By: Monday July 22, 2013 9:57 am

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), who played an active role in trying to incriminate Aaron Swartz, has intervened in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) case regarding Swartz’s secret service file. MIT is claiming it is afraid if the public knew the actions it took there could be a backlash against the personnel at [...]

Obama Administration Failing To Meet Transparency Pledge With FOIA Requests

By: Tuesday July 16, 2013 5:40 am

In an age of intense government secrecy one of a citizen’s few tools to gain access to government information is the Freedom of Information Act passed in 1966. But it seems the Obama Administration, despite promises of historic transparency, is not reasonably complying with FOIA requests. Bloomberg News last year asked for the details of [...]

An Open Letter To The Secret Service Regarding The Aaron Swartz File

By: Friday June 21, 2013 10:44 am

Dear Secret Service, Greetings. My name is Daniel Wright and my requester number is 20130429. I write you to express my dismay in how the Secret Service’s FOIA office has conducted itself in regards to my request for the Secret Service files on Aaron Swartz. A formal request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [...]

U.S. Government Censoring More Public Records

By: Monday March 11, 2013 9:08 am

The Obama Administration, that came to power with the promise of historic transparency, has reversed course and begun censoring more public records than at any time since President Barack Obama took office. The U.S. government, led by the Pentagon and CIA, censored or withheld for reasons of national security the files that the public requested [...]

Secret Service Denies Truthout’s Request For Aaron Swartz Documents

By: Friday March 1, 2013 9:12 am

As the pieces of the Aaron Swartz case slowly come together it seems one government agency may be unwilling to comply with the law. Jason Leopold, the Lead Investigative Reporter at Truthout, was denied a Freedom Of Information Act request by the Secret Service. The reason given for the denial? The Aaron Swartz case is [...]

Aaron Swartz’s FBI File

By: Tuesday February 19, 2013 7:28 am

When I heard the news of Aaron Swartz’s suicide I was deeply saddened or more accurately profoundly irritated. Why had the government – or should I say U.S Attorney Carmen Ortiz – wasted so much time and resources destroying someone over such an inconsequential act? Downloading too many free articles warranted this kind of crackdown? [...]

FBI Report Mentions Plot To Kill Occupy Protesters

By: Monday December 31, 2012 4:34 am

More revelations from the Occupy FOIA request. An identified [redacted] of October planned to engage in sniper attacks against protestors in Houston, Texas, if deemed necessary. An identified [redacted] had received intelligence that indicated the protesters in New York and Seattle planned similar protests in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin, Texas. [Redacted] planned to [...]

Administration Maintains Drone Program They Have Repeatedly Touted Is a Secret

By: Tuesday May 22, 2012 9:35 am

The ACLU has been attempting to get information from the government on its drone program, filing FOIA requests that have so far been denied. This is the subject of two lawsuits in Washington and New York. The government filed its brief in the case before the DC Circuit Court of Appeals today, and it includes [...]

Democrats, ACLU Seek Disclosure on Patriot Act Interpretation, Drone Program

By: Friday March 16, 2012 10:15 am

Ron Wyden and Mark Udall have been waging a lonely battle to make public information about the Justice Department’s interpretation of the Patriot Act, which they claim violates civil liberties in as-yet undisclosed ways. They tried to force this into the public sphere on the Senate floor. Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein promised hearings [...]

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