Articles tagged with the keyword: ‘FOIA’

We’re Suing The FBI For Records On Journalist Michael Hastings

We’re Suing The FBI For Records On Journalist Michael Hastings

Does the FBI have any records on the late investigative journalist Michael Hastings? I don’t know. But fellow FOIA terrorist Ryan Shapiro and I just filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the agency to find out. Hastings died in a tragic car accident in Los Angeles June 18 at the age of 33. Immediately after […]

Revealed: The 95 Media Worthy FOIA Requests Flagged For Pentagon Approval

Revealed: The 95 Media Worthy FOIA Requests Flagged For Pentagon Approval

A few weeks ago, the nonpartisan organization Cause of Action posted a story on its website about a secret Pentagon policy that calls for certain Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests that may generate media attention to first be approved by the Pentagon. Naturally, I was eager to find out what FOIA requests analysts believed would be […]

The Freedom Of Information Act: The Most Powerful Weapon In My Reporting Arsenal

The Freedom Of Information Act: The Most Powerful Weapon In My Reporting Arsenal

  Crossposted from Freedom of The Press Foundation. Jason Leopold is Truthout’s lead investigative reporter. Freedom of the Press Foundation is crowd-funding in support of his FOIA work and on-the-scenes reporting at the Guantanamo Bay trials. You can fund his work here. A couple of years ago, a friend handed me about 500 pages of documents he obtained through a […]

Is the US Government Preparing to Charge Accused Terrorist Abu Zubaydah With War Crimes?

Is the US Government Preparing to Charge Accused Terrorist Abu Zubaydah With War Crimes?

This report was originally published on Truthout. The Department of Defense (DoD) won’t release under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) six volumes of diaries written by Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn, better known as accused terrorist Abu Zubaydah, nor will DoD release six pages of the Guantanamo prisoner’s sketches that depict the torture he was […]

Aaron Swartz’s FOIA Requests Shed Light on His Struggle

Aaron Swartz’s FOIA Requests Shed Light on His Struggle

Although a majority of his FOIA requests were self-serving and appear to be connected to law enforcement investigations into his activities, it is also clear that the information he sought, particularly in areas of government surveillance, would have greatly benefited the public. However, his efforts to pry loose materials from a highly secretive administration were mostly unsuccessful.

FBI Changes FOIA Policy In Response To Investigative Reporter Jason Leopold’s FOIA Lawsuit

FBI Changes FOIA Policy In Response To Investigative Reporter Jason Leopold’s FOIA Lawsuit

Over at Truthout, investigative reporter Jason Leopold reports on a victory he and the public interest law firm, National Security Counselors, scored in their Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the FBI and two other government agencies that led the bureau to change its policy and practice: Nearly four years after changes to the […]

Department of Justice Accused of Undermining FOIA Ombudsman

Department of Justice Accused of Undermining FOIA Ombudsman

The Obama administration continues to disseminate a flawed narrative about President Obama’s commitment to open government. Just last week, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters during a press briefing that President Obama has taken steps, “unprecedented in American presidential administration history,” to “enhance transparency.” But Carney’s rhetoric is not supported by the facts, as […]

FBI Sends Agent Out To Check Up On Investigative Reporter Jason Leopold’s FOIA Request

FBI Sends Agent Out To Check Up On Investigative Reporter Jason Leopold’s FOIA Request

Just read this. Here’s an excerpt: Hoping to gain deeper insight into his work as an FBI informant and the role he says the FBI played in his immigration case, I asked Hesham for permission to file a FOIA request with the bureau for his entire file. He agreed and signed a certification of identity […]

Jason Leopold: Obama Administration Putting Freedom of Information In Jeopardy?

Jason Leopold: Obama Administration Putting Freedom of Information In Jeopardy?

On Wednesday the Senate held a hearing to discuss the Freedom of Information Act. The goal was to address safeguarding critical infrastructure and the public’s right to know. Many Americans believe FOIA is essential for holding the US government accountable for any wrong doing. Since 1966 presidents have acknowledge the importance of an open government, […]

Jason Leopold: Lawsuit Takes Aim At CIA’s “Covert” Attack On Public Access To Documents

Jason Leopold: Lawsuit Takes Aim At CIA’s “Covert” Attack On Public Access To Documents

This report was originally published on Truthout. Last September, the CIA quietly changed its long-standing policy for how it would process certain records requests by implementing a new fee structure that will essentially discourage the public from trying to get the agency to declassify secret government documents because the costs are too high, open-government advocates […]

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