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  • Grand Rapids Selectively Released Public Information

    04/16/2014 5:34:58 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/14/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    Grand Rapids city officials gave detailed information about a tax dispute involving the Acton Institute to a select reporter, but not to the nonprofit fighting to prove it is a charitable organization, according to documents received through a Freedom of Information Act request. In fact, an Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty official complained that the organization was struggling to get information about the appeal of its rejection of an application for tax exemption just two business days before a scheduled hearing. Acton Institute Director of Finance Tom Vogt sent an email to City Commissioner Dave Shaffer...
  • RNC Sues IRS for Illegal Stonewalling

    04/15/2014 1:06:40 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 17 replies
    GOP.com ^ | 4-15-2014 | Press Release
    April 15, 2014RNC Sues IRS for Illegal Stonewalling WASHINGTON – Today the Republican National Committee (RNC) filed a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for withholding records sought by the RNC’s 2013 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. In the initial request on May 21, 2013, the RNC sought to review documents and correspondence related to criteria used for reviewing and approving 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organizations. This request followed revelations that the IRS had been targeting conservative organizations, and the RNC sought to shed light on who had ordered actions to be taken against those groups and why.Over the course...
  • 2013 F/A-18 crash: Out of fuel, out of time and one chance to land

    04/12/2014 5:47:40 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 57 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | April 12, 2014 | Mike Hixenbaugh
    The aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower was finally in sight. The pilot of the F/A-18 Super Hornet hurriedly flipped switches and pushed levers. The aviator in the backseat leaned forward, straining to see the flight deck floating in the distance. The jet’s right engine had locked up, its landing gear jammed, the main fuel tank almost empty.(snip) The pilot made some quick calculations. He had 15,500 pounds of fuel in his tanks, enough to return to the Eisenhower and make six passes at the ship. Landing in nearby Kandahar was a more prudent option, but that would likely have meant...
  • “Most transparent” White House ever rewrote FOIA to exclude its own docs

    03/19/2014 1:16:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/19/2014 | BRUCE MCQUAIN
    That’s right, the Obama White House has quietly rewritten a portion of the Freedom Of Information Act to exclude what it calls “White House equities” from being released without a White House review. The rewrite was inspired by a 2009 memo by then White House counsel, Greg Craig: The Greg memo is described in detail in a new study made public today by Cause of Action, a Washington-based nonprofit watchdog group that monitors government transparency and accountability.How serious an attack on the public’s right to know is the Obama administration’s invention of the “White House equities” exception?“FOIA is designed to...
  • 'Most transparent' White House ever rewrote the FOIA to suppress politically sensitive docs

    03/19/2014 8:48:45 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 27 replies
    The Examiner ^ | MARCH 18, 2014 AT 8:45 AM | Mark Tapscott
    It's Sunshine Week, so perhaps some enterprising White House reporter will ask press secretary Jay Carney why President Obama rewrote the Freedom of Information Act without telling the rest of America. The rewrite came in an April 15, 2009, memo from then-White House Counsel Greg Craig instructing the executive branch to let White House officials review any documents sought by FOIA requestors that involved "White House equities." That phrase is nowhere to be found in the FOIA, yet the Obama White House effectively amended the law to create a new exception to justify keeping public documents locked away from the...
  • Happy Sunshine Week: The Sun Don’t Shine Here so Move Along, Nothing to See.

    03/19/2014 8:26:58 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 4 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 3-19-2014 | MOTUS
    Can you believe it? It’s “Sunshine” Week again! Hard to believe it’s been a year already: how time flies when you’re busy being transparent. This year, even the Administration’s most loyal supporters (MSM) have filed a few complaints about the most transparent administration evah! The findings have never been great for the current administration, which promised to be the most transparent in history on the day President Obama took office. In recent years, most agencies have not fully complied with Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requirements. (snip) NSA document, redacted The administration has also cited more legal exceptions to justify...
  • US cites security more to censor, deny records

    03/17/2014 7:42:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    ap ^ | TED BRIDIS and JACK GILLUM
    More often than ever, the administration censored government files or outright denied access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, cited more legal exceptions it said justified withholding materials and refused a record number of times to turn over files quickly that might be especially newsworthy, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press. Most agencies also took longer to answer records requests. The government's own figures from 99 federal agencies covering six years show that halfway through its second term, the administration has made few meaningful improvements in the way it...
  • SC Supreme Court to rule on public autopsy reports

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Are autopsies medical records or public records? South Carolina's Supreme Court will begin grappling with that question Wednesday, when it hears a lawsuit by a Sumter County newspaper against the county's coroner. The Item newspaper wants the high court to toss out a lower court's ruling that said autopsies do not have to be made public because they do not fall under the state's Freedom of Information Act.
  • Before O-Care debacle, Sebelius made many trips to White House

    02/13/2014 4:23:07 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 13, 2014 | Kevin Bogardus and Jonathan Easley
    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in frequent contact with President Obama and senior White House aides before the disastrous launch of the federal ObamaCare exchange last year. While Sebelius has said the president was not aware of HealthCare.gov’s problems, more than 750 pages of documents obtained by The Hill through a Freedom of Information Act request show she made scores of visits to the White House. The documents reveal that Sebelius met with or attended calls and events with Obama at least 18 times between Oct. 27, 2012, and Oct. 6, 2013, including at least seven instances...
  • Emails expose close coordination between EPA, Sierra Club and other lib environ activist groups

    01/23/2014 10:24:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 23, 2014 | Mark Tapscott
    Among Washington's most important but rarely covered realities is the daily close coordination among Democratic politicians, executive branch bureaucrats and the left side of the non-profit activism community. Emails obtained recently through a Freedom of Information Act request submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency by the Energy and Environment Legal Institute exposed a slice of that coordination in the campaign to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The emails show, according to Fox News correspondent John Roberts, "senior policy officials at the EPA working closely with environmental groups in what appears to be an effort to kill the pipeline."...
  • No TSA Patdowns for Muslim Brotherhood Members Traveling to US

    01/20/2014 2:43:32 PM PST · by grundle · 35 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | January 18, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Or any inspections at all for that matter. Not when Hillary Clinton is in the State Department. A U.S. official familiar with immigration procedures told the IPT in 2012 that the exemption for the Brotherhood delegation was “extraordinary.” The records, marked “sensitive but unclassified,” were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. They offer few details. The State Department released a one-page document labeled “Compiled References to MB Delegation Arrival and Departure”. “In the coming days, we’re going to write down a list of procedures for dealing with MB visits to the United States,” an April 16, 2012 entry...
  • Emails Show Extensive Collaboration Between EPA, Environmentalist Orgs

    01/16/2014 1:14:28 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 26 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 15, 2014 | By Lachlan Markay
    Internal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emails show extensive collaboration between top agency officials and leading environmentalist groups, including overt efforts to coordinate messaging and pressure the fossil fuel industry. The emails, obtained by the Energy and Environment Legal Institute (EELI) through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, could fuel an ongoing controversy over EPA policies that critics say are biased against traditional sources of energy. Emails show EPA used official events to help environmentalist groups gather signatures for petitions on agency rulemaking, incorporated advance copies of letters drafted by those groups into official statements, and worked with environmentalists to publicly...
  • New FOIA emails show EPA in cahoots with enviro groups, giving them special access

    01/16/2014 9:42:44 AM PST · by rktman · 9 replies
    WattsUpWithThat.com ^ | 1/15/2014 | Anthony Watts
    From The Washington Free Beacon, Lachlan Markay. Press release follows. Internal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emails show extensive collaboration between top agency officials and leading environmentalist groups, including overt efforts to coordinate messaging and pressure the fossil fuel industry.
  • Shadowy funders build liberal war chest to unseat governor

    01/05/2014 4:36:34 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | 1-2-14 | Tori Richards
    A few wealthy, anonymous donors funded a liberal activist group working on the failed recall of Wisconsin’s governor, Watchdog.org has learned. Nearly 75 percent of the money funneled into the Center for Media and Democracy during 2011 and 2012 came from just a few donors whose names have been redacted from tax forms obtained by Watchdog. CMD has said, “Most of CMD’s supporters are individual donors who give $5 or more a year to help support the Center’s general operations.” Those “operations” included contributing to the unsuccessful but expensive effort by liberals and labor unions to unseat GOP Gov. Scott...
  • Obama ‘cavalier’ in hiding foreign aid order, judge rules

    12/18/2013 9:40:01 AM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 18, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    A district court judge ruled that President Obama can’t lawfully keep hidden a foreign aid order he tried to shield via a claim of executive privilege, characterizing the move as a “cavalier” dodge of the Freedom of Information Act. The Justice Department had argued that a foreign-aid directive that Mr. Obama signed in 2010 should remain secret, because it was part of the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development and fell under the umbrella of executive privilege — despite its unclassified status, Politico reported. But U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Huvelle ruled in favor of plaintiffs — the Center for...
  • U.S. State Dept – Virtual Reading Room FOIA Documents Search Results

    11/27/2013 10:58:23 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 1 replies
    Virtual Reading Room Documents Search Results Benghazi returned – 57 results
  • Judge: Show me Obama foreign aid order

    11/12/2013 4:57:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/11/13 8:32 AM EST | Josh Gerstein
    A federal judge is demanding to see a copy of a government-wide foreign-aid-policy order President Barack Obama issued three years ago which administration lawyers have argued is protected by executive privilege. The Obama administration acknowledges that the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development the president signed in 2010 is unclassified, but officials have steadfastly refused to make any portion of it public, even after a watchdog group filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for the document earlier this year. (The White House has released a fact sheet about the order.) On Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Huvelle ordered...
  • Want to See Your NSA or FBI File? Here's How...

    11/12/2013 4:40:30 PM PST · by RicocheT · 47 replies
    Daily P AU L blog ^ | 11/11/2013 | Ed Thinking
    Have you ever Tweeted a politically subversive message, attended a protest, or signed an oppositional petition? If so, you may have a dedicated file on you kept by the FBI and/or the NSA. With a simple Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, any U.S. citizen can obtain one's NSA or FBI file, if such a file exists. It simply takes a few minutes to fill out the requisite forms and mail them to the appropriate address. An independent site – www.getmyfbifile – will, free of charge, generate the necessary forms for you already filled out. Of course, you can also...
  • Judicial Watch Obtains 57,000 Pages of Records on Hillary´s Health Care Task Force

    11/07/2013 12:53:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 11/7/13 | Tom Fitton
    Judicial Watch has long been on the trail of the corruption and deceit that were part and parcel of former First Lady Hillary Clinton’s National Taskforce on Health Care Reform. I’m pleased to report that we have scored another breakthrough, pulling back more the veil of secrecy in which the Clintons have long shrouded their most famous policy failure. On October 17, 2013, thanks to Judicial Watch litigation, the public gained access to more than 57,000 pages of previously withheld documents from the Clinton Presidential Library related to the “cabinet-level” taskforce chaired by former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton during...
  • Court Orders City To Comply With FOIA

    10/24/2013 5:23:09 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/21/2013 | Jack Spencer
    The city of Westland "subverted" Michigan's Freedom of Information Act and must comply with the law, according to a recent judge's ruling. "They [Westland officials] were over charging," said William Maze, the Livonia attorney who sued the city. "Clearly they were doing it to make a profit." Maze said the case involved a request for information from the police department. He said he thought Westland might have set its rates high to discourage the public from filing FOIA requests. "They were charging $75 per video (and) $35 for audio," he said of Westland's FOIA charges. "[For documents] they were charging...
  • GOP FOIAs Number of Obamacare Enrollees; White House has thus far refused to release enrollment

    10/21/2013 9:18:34 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Free Breacom ^ | 10/21/13 | : CJ Ciaramella
    The National Republican Committee filed a Freedom of Information Act request Monday seeking the number of Americans who have enrolled in health care through the Obamacare website since the program was rolled out on Oct. 1. The White House has so far refused to release any information on the number of enrollees following the glitch-ridden rollout of the Obamacare website, leading Republican critics to accuse the administration of a cover-up. Politicians and pundits are also calling for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ resignation in the wake of the botched launch. “Kathleen Sebelius and the Obama administration spent hundreds...
  • MK's Outrage at Attempt to Ban Jews from Land Registry

    10/01/2013 1:12:14 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/10/13 | Maayana Miskin
    Jews living east of the 1949 armistice line may be denied access to land records. In a move that has caused upset in Knesset, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein is seeking to bar Israelis living north of Jerusalem from finding out who owns neighboring land. His campaign has angered MK Motti Yogev (Bayit Yehudi), head of a Foreign Affairs and Defense subcommittee, who on Tuesday slammed Weinstein’s intervention as “outrageous.” The controversy began when a group of residents from the Israeli Jewish community of Psagot, in the Binyamin region, asked to see the land registry (Tabu) in order to find out...
  • Area 51 and its purpose declassified: No UFOs, but lots of U-2 spy planes

    08/15/2013 11:52:25 PM PDT · by South40 · 45 replies
    NBCNews ^ | 8/15/2013 | Alan Boyle
    A newly declassified CIA history from 20 years ago spills the story about Nevada's Area 51 and its secret mission — which was not to study UFOs, but to test the U-2 and other spy planes. The CIA's story about the legendary test site is contained in "The Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead Reconnaissance: the U-2 and Oxcart Programs." The document was approved for release in June, with just a few remaining redactions, in response to a Freedom of Information request filed by George Washington University's National Security Archive back in 2005.
  • CBS News Reporter Says White House, FBI Denied Her Access to Benghazi Details, Photos: 'Not Even

    08/16/2013 6:00:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 8/16/13 | Dave Urbanski
    CBS News journalist Sharyl Attkisson says she’s been after Benghazi information through the Freedom of Information Act since last fall when the U.S. consulate in Libya was attacked, leaving four Americans dead. Well, Attkisson says she finally got her answer Friday. Turns out the White House and FBI don’t quite see the value of releasing the info. Check out Attkisson’s pointed tweets on the matter:
  • Federal judge: Yeah, there’s a good chance the EPA has been using secret e-mail accounts...

    08/15/2013 5:45:08 PM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 13 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 15, 2013 | Erika Johnsen
    Through their efforts, the Competitive Enterprise Institute first shed some light on the rather mysterious life and times of one Richard Windsor, the extralegal nome de plume used by Obama’s former Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson in conducting official EPA business over e-mail. Open-records laws require that all government business be conducted on official accounts so they can later be searched in the event of any Freedom of Information Act requests, and standard protocol directs that if any private e-mails are used for government business, they should be forwarded to official accounts. Jackson and other EPA employees repeatedly failed...
  • IRS’s Lerner Used Personal E-mail to Conduct Official Business, Investigators Say

    08/13/2013 9:45:46 AM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 33 replies
    The Corner ^ | August 13, 2013 | Eliana Johnson
    Embattled Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner sent official documents from her government e-mail address to a personal account, according to House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa and his colleague, Ohio congressman Jim Jordan. “This raises some serious questions concerning your use of a non-official e-mail account to conduct official business,” the GOP lawmakers wrote in a letter to Lerner demanding all documents from her non-official account for the period between January 2008 and the present. “Additional documents related to the Committee’s investigation may exist in these non-official accounts over which you have some control, and the lack of access...
  • Group sues FBI for records after Michael Hastings’ mysterious death

    07/30/2013 7:57:59 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 148 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 30 Jul 2013 | Josh Peterson
    A journalist and a researcher have sued the Justice Department for access to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s records on the late journalist Michael Hastings. The lawsuit follows the FBI’s failure to respond to separate Freedom of Information Act requests for records on Hastings submitted by journalist Jason Leopold of al-Jazeera and Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher Ryan Shapiro. Agencies are required by statute to notify applicants about whether it will fulfill their requests within a 20-working-day period of the initial application. In the hours before his death, which was ruled an accident by the Los Angeles Police Department, Hastings...
  • HHS Department Sought Estimated $159 MILLION Per Year on New Employees to Run Obamacare

    07/26/2013 11:37:37 AM PDT · by drewh · 15 replies
    Dail Mail UK ^ | 18:10 EST, 25 July 2013 | By David Martosko In Washington
    Documents obtained from the Health and Human Services Department through a Freedom of Information Act request show that on the day the Affordable Care Act became law, the agency received fast-track authority to hire 1,814 new high-level employees to put Obamacare into practice, at a likely cost of more than $159 million per year. The hiring request was approved by the Obama administration's Office of Personnel Management despite a government-wide hiring freeze. Judicial Watch, a nonprofit that has told MailOnline it files 'hundreds' of such FOIA requests, showed MailOnline the documents on Thursday. They show that HHS designated the hiring...
  • The NSA Says It Can't Search Its Own Email (not satire)

    07/23/2013 5:36:02 PM PDT · by Drango · 17 replies
    npr ^ | July 23, 2013 | Eyder Peralta
    Over the past weeks, we have learned the National Security Agency has the capability to produced throughout the world. Today, ProPublica reports that when it comes to parsing email sent by its own employees, the United States' spy agency does not have the technology for it. At least that's what the investigative outfit said the NSA told them in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. : "'There's no central method to search an email at this time with the way our records are set up, unfortunately,' NSA Freedom of Information Act officer Cindy Blacker told me last week....
  • This lawsuit could destroy FOIA [Ergun Caner's quest to sanitize his Muslim past may affect us all]

    07/22/2013 9:22:44 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies
    The Week ^ | July 22, 2013 | D.B. Grady
    One of my favorite stories about former Louisiana Gov. Huey Long involves one of his early political campaigns in the 1920s. While stumping in the northern part of the state, he would tell a story about waking at 6 o'clock every Sunday morning, hitching his family's old horse to a buggy, and bringing his Baptist grandparents to church. When addressing audiences in south Louisiana, he would tell the same story, only this time his grandparents were Catholic. It was an effective speech that played well to Louisiana's geographic religious divide. Once, after a rally, a local politician remarked, "Why Huey,...
  • Transparency Troubles: Secrecy concerns mount for Obama in 2nd term

    07/13/2013 11:55:57 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 13, 2013
    Secret courts. Secret emails. Phone surveillance. Drones. The list of cloak-and-dagger tactics employed by the Obama administration -- and those that preceded it -- keeps growing, as NSA leaker Ed Snowden feeds classified materials to the media and other reports show the extent of the U.S. government's more opaque dealings. The latest was a report by The Associated Press that said the administration had military files about the Navy SEAL raid on Usama bin Laden’s hideout transferred to the CIA, where they would be harder to uncover by the press and public. If this were any other administration, perhaps the...
  • Your Life is Now Classified: NSA Rejecting All FOIA Requests by American Citizens

    07/09/2013 11:41:17 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Survival and Beyond ^ | 7/9/13 | Ed Corcoran
    Clayton Seymour, a 36-year-old IT specialist from Hilliard, Ohio, recently sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the NSA, curious as to whether any data about him was being collected. What he received in response made his blood boil. “I am a generally law abiding citizen with nothing I can think of that would require monitoring,” Seymour wrote to me, “but I wanted to know if I was having data collected about me and if so, what.” So Seymour sent in an FOIA request. Weeks later, a letter from the NSA arrived explaining that he was not entitled...
  • Potentially explosive development in IRS scandals

    07/05/2013 11:09:10 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 44 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 5, 2013 | Thomas Lifson
    One of the most important and so-far least noted threads in the IRS sandal cloth is the inexplicable remark made by Austan Goolsbee, at the time the Chairman of the White Council of Economic Advisors about the taxes paid by the Koch brothers - arch villains in the Manichean delusions of the American left - that would require his knowledge of their confidential tax returns. Did the White House senior staff illegally browse through the tax records of their political enemies? The Washington Free Beacon has been trying to find out, and uncovered an interesting response: CJ Ciaramella reports: The...
  • Obama administration paid contractors millions to snoop through Americans’ financial data

    06/28/2013 8:34:51 PM PDT · by SpaceBar · 39 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 06/27/2013 | Brendan Bordelon
    A secretive data collection program run by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau allows private contractors access to millions of Americans’ personal financial information, according to a government accountability group. The information may also be shared with other federal agencies. Documents obtained by Washington-based Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act illustrate the cost and scope of the program, which business groups and some Republican lawmakers have assailed as invasive and potentially illegal. The Daily Caller News Foundation previously reported how the CFPB compelled banks to comply with the program by making successful passage of routine inspections conditional on supplying...
  • Judicial Watch: FOIA release shows CFPB conducting “warrantless surveillance” on consumers

    06/28/2013 8:41:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/28/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Get ready for another front on the debate over privacy, consumption, and the trade-off between them. Yesterday, Judicial Watch announced that they had received data through a FOIA demand that showed warrantless surveillance on 5 million American consumers — not for national-security reasons, but for the new Consumer Financial Protection Board. The documents show that the controversial panel has contracted out the service of trawling through millions of transactions, emphases in original: Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained records from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) revealing that the agency has spent millions of dollars for the warrantless...
  • First State Department Benghazi photos released

    06/20/2013 2:19:06 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 20 replies
    CBS News ^ | 6-20-2013 | Sharyl Attkisson
    First State Department Benghazi photos released By SHARYL ATTKISSON / CBS NEWS/ June 20, 2013, 4:51 PM After being sued under Freedom of Information (FOIA) law, the State Department released its first photos Thursday showing the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on Benghazi. Why the Benghazi controversy is "absolutely not" over According to the watchdog group Judicial Watch, which filed the lawsuit against the government, the seven photos "seem to depict portions of the so-called 'Special Mission Compound' in Benghazi, including: what appears to be a burned and ransacked building; at least two burned vehicles; and Arabic...
  • Government Entities Stymie FOIA Requests To Hide Information

    06/04/2013 8:58:12 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/1/2013 | Tom Gantert
    The Michigan Department of Education said the least expensive employee able to fulfill a specific Freedom of Information Act request has a total compensation of $116,917 a year. In 2009, the Michigan State Police said in a FOIA response to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy that materials related to the spending of Homeland Security grants would cost $6.8 million. Whether it's $337.26 for school district deficit elimination plans from the state department of education, or an outrageous FOIA bill of $6.8 million, reformers pushing for more government transparency find that costs can serve as an effective barrier to the...
  • Top Obama appointees using secret email accounts

    06/04/2013 6:20:26 AM PDT · by don-o · 18 replies
    AP via Fox ^ | June 4, 2013
    Some of President Obama's political appointees, including the Cabinet secretary for the Health and Human Services Department, are using secret government email accounts they say are necessary to prevent their inboxes from being overwhelmed with unwanted messages, according to a review by The Associated Press. The scope of using the secret accounts across government remains a mystery: Most U.S. agencies have failed to turn over lists of political appointees' email addresses, which the AP sought under the Freedom of Information Act more than three months ago. The Labor Department initially asked the AP to pay more than $1 million for...
  • Emails of top Obama appointees remain a mystery (AP discovers more private accounts)

    06/04/2013 5:57:57 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan
    AP via My Way News ^ | 06/04/2013 | Jack Gillum
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Some of President Barack Obama's political appointees, including the Cabinet secretary for the Health and Human Services Department, are using secret government email accounts they say are necessary to prevent their inboxes from being overwhelmed with unwanted messages, according to a review by The Associated Press. The scope of using the secret accounts across government remains a mystery: Most U.S. agencies have failed to turn over lists of political appointees' email addresses, which the AP sought under the Freedom of Information Act more than three months ago. The Labor Department initially asked the AP to pay more...
  • Freedom Of Redacted Act

    05/15/2013 8:19:19 AM PDT · by the_Watchman · 2 replies
    KFYI Radio web page (Phoenix, AZ) ^ | May 15, 2013 | Barry Young
    The American Civil Liberties Union made a Freedom of Information Act request for documents about warrant less spying of text messages. The Department of Justice responded with this….TRANSPARENCY! [ Page upon page of totally redacted information. ]
  • Black Is the New Transparent

    05/15/2013 4:27:06 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 4 replies
    ricochet.com ^ | 5-14-2013 | Judith Levy, Ed.
    So the American Civil Liberties Union, concerned about the US government's alleged propensity to surveil the email of American citizens without a warrant, filed a request with the Justice Department under the Freedom of Information Act for more information. This is what it got: A memorandum entitled “Guidance for the Minimization of Text Messages over Dual-Function Cellular Telephones” that is completely blacked out. All fifteen pages of it. Mr. President, I don't think "transparent" means what you think it means.
  • Supreme Court says Virginia can block out of state use of its FOIA

    04/29/2013 8:41:15 AM PDT · by xzins · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Monday, April 29, | AP
    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. The court unanimously upheld a federal appeals court decision validating Virginia’s limitation of its FOIA law to state citizens and some media outlets. In the case before the court, Rhode Island resident Mark J. McBurney and California resident Roger W. Hurlbert were suing Virginia for blocking them from getting public documents in Virginia that in-state citizens could have easily obtained. Virginia’s FOIA law limits access to state citizens and some media outlets. “We hold, however, that...
  • FBI Report: Florida Family Had Ties to People Linked to 9/11 Attacks

    04/16/2013 8:14:49 AM PDT · by kristinn · 13 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | Tuesday, April 16, 2013 | Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers, BrowardBulldog.org
    A Saudi family who “fled” their Sarasota area home weeks before 9/11 had “many connections” to “individuals associated with the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001,” according to newly released FBI records. One partially declassified document, marked “secret,” lists three of those individuals and ties them to the Venice, Fla., flight school where suicide hijackers Mohamed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi trained. Accomplice Ziad Jarrah took flying lessons at another school a block away. Atta and al-Shehhi were at the controls of the jetliners that slammed into the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center, killing nearly 3,000 people. Jarrah was the...
  • FOIA, Government-Funded Climate Science and Hole-Digging

    03/20/2013 10:55:30 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies
    JoNova ^ | March 19th, 2013 | Guest Post By Jennifer Marohasy
    Here’s  a benefit FOIA probably didn’t imagine. Skeptical networks. For anyone who doesn’t know, Jennifer Marohasy has published one of the longest-running skeptical blogs in the world, and she’s one of the few other women on the front lines. I don’t know why we hadn’t spent a long time on the phone before. I’m delighted that we are in much better contact… – Jo—————————————————————————-Guest Post By Jennifer Marohasy FOIA is a recognised shorthand for Freedom of Information Act.  Legislation by this name has existed in the USA since 1966, Australia since 1982 and the UK legislation was introduced in 2000....
  • Benghazi FBI FOIA Request Denied: Stonewall Continues

    03/20/2013 9:41:25 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 3/20/13 | Marinka Peschmann
    Another day, another one of my Benghazi Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests has been denied—this time from the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). As previously reported, the CIA also denied my Benghazi FOIA request. Recall it was on September 11, 2012 when Ambassador Christopher Stevens, information management officer Sean Smith, former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, were murdered by terrorists. President Barack Obama with then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, former CIA chief, the ‘celebrated,’ philandering General David Petraeus, the brains behind the failed counter-insurgency policy called COIN in Afghanistan that is...
  • Release of EPA Administrator’s Non-Public Emails Called ‘Deeply Troubling’

    01/15/2013 10:41:31 AM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    CNSNews ^ | January 15, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    (Update: CEI's Chris Horner tells CNSNews.com the next step is a meeting with Justice Department officials: "We will ask them to right EPA's ship, and if they do not agree, we will ask the court," he said. Horner says he wants a "straight answer" to a direct question: Did the EPA, as part of a FOIA request, search the "Richard Windsor" email accounts? Richard Windsor is the alias used by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, apparently to shield some official communications from public view.) (CNSNews.com) – Complying with a court order minutes before Monday’s 5 p.m. deadline, the Environmental Protection...
  • Recall Point: Journal News FOIA Requests Asked For 'How Many and What Types' of Guns Owned

    01/15/2013 9:19:41 AM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 1/15/13 | Tom Blumer
    The Lower Hudson Valley's Journal News based in White Plains, New York has been very tight-lipped since it published an interactive map showing the names and addresses of pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland Counties. The Washington Post's Erik Wemple reports that the paper has hired "a Manhattan public relations, marketing and government affairs firm" whose job appears to involve denying interview requests and issuing "no comment" statements. Predictably, the one media outlet which has been granted access by the Journal News is the New York Times, whose Christine Haughney filed a report on January 6. In that dispatch,...
  • U.S. Files on Targeted Killings Protected Under FOIA, Judge Says

    01/03/2013 9:42:00 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 5 replies
    New York Law Journal ^ | January 3, 2013 | By Brendan Pierson
    A federal judge has declined to order the U.S. government to turn over documents detailing its legal rationale for the targeted killings of people thought to be terrorists, including American citizens, without trial. Southern District Judge Colleen McMahon called her ruling, which comes in response to Freedom of Information Act requests, "paradoxical" and likened it to "Alice in Wonderland." McMahon found yesterday in New York Times v. U.S. Department of Justice, 11 Civ. 9336, that the government is protected from turning over legal opinions pertaining to so-called targeted killing by various exceptions to the FOIA. The underlying FOIA requests came...
  • Newspaper Publishes Gun Owners’ Names and Addresses

    12/25/2012 12:31:16 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/24/12
    A newspaper in New York has received a wave of criticism from its readers after publishing the names and addresses of all of the individuals with handgun or pistol permits in its coverage area. Hundreds of residents in New York’s Westchester and Rockland counties were surprised to find their names and addresses listed on a map posted by The Journal News on Sunday. Users can click any dot on the map to see which of their neighbors has a permit for a gun. The map sparked more than 500 comments from readers within a day of its appearance on the...
  • New York newspaper faces backlash after publishing map of gun permit holders

    12/25/2012 10:04:27 AM PST · by Nachum · 93 replies
    fox news ^ | 12/25/12 | staff
    A local New York newspaper is drawing the ire of its readers after publishing an interactive map that shows the names and addresses of thousands of residents who have handgun permits. The online map was published by The Journal News along with an article under the headline: "The gun owner next door: What you don't know about the weapons in your neighborhood." The newspaper obtained, and then published, the names and addresses of pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties through a Freedom of Information Act request. The article, in explaining the decision to publish the information, pointed to...