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The Freedom of Information Act—and the Hero Who Pioneered It

June 29, 2016 1:09 PM

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) turns 50 years old on July 4, 2016. The landmark bill, signed into law by a reluctant Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966, gave the public unprecedented access to government documents. Like many great American contributions to democracy, it was the project of a lone crusader, opposed by the leading politicians of the day until it finally became law, then fully embraced on paper but never more than half-realized in reality. Read more »



The high cost of government transparency in Oregon (Column)

June 29, 2016 12:55 PM

Last year, The Oregonian/OregonLive requested an electronic database of property recorded into evidence by the Portland Police Bureau. The estimated cost of making those public records public?

$1,042,450.20.

It was a bit out of our price range. Continue...

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ACLJ Files FOIA Lawsuit Against Obama Administration, Seeks Records on Iran Negotiation Cover-up

June 29, 2016 12:48 PM

Today, the ACLJ filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. State Department, demanding that it follow the law and provide key records shedding light on its cover-up of the Obama Administration’s Iran lie. Read more »



Court rules Missouri Senate may block the recording of public meetings

June 29, 2016 12:17 PM

A liberal advocacy group has no right to record public meetings of Missouri Senate committees, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday.

The Missouri Western District Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Progress Missouri that argued the state Senate violated the Sunshine Law when it repeatedly blocked the group from recording public committee hearings. Continue... Read more »



New Hampshire: Small town library leads freedom of internet browsing charge

June 28, 2016 10:21 AM

A small town library in New Hampshire is having a big impact on discussions of privacy and freedom of information. The Kilton Public Library in the town of Lebanon, New Hampshire, population 13,000, withstood requests from Homeland Security to shut down their Tor internet browser-equipped PCs, and continues to allow identity-masked internet searches and traffic despite the concerns of local law enforcement, according to ABC News. Read more »



California Legislator wants to shine light on law enforcement after killing bill to open police records

June 28, 2016 10:16 AM

A state senator wants Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris to tell the Legislature how to deal with what he called a “prevalent crisis” in the public trust of law enforcement. Read more »



Knight News Joins National Outlets in Pulse Public Records Lawsuit

June 28, 2016 10:08 AM

Knight News has joined a group of local and national media outlets–including the Orlando Sentinel, Associated Press and New York Times–in a lawsuit against the City of Orlando related to the release of 911 calls made during the Pulse shooting. Read more »



Emails Show Hillary Clinton's Email Server Was A Massive Security Headache, Set Up To Route Around FOIA Requests

June 27, 2016 11:28 AM

More bad news for Hillary Clinton and her ill-advised personal email server. Another set of emails released by the State Department shows the government agency had to disable several security processes just to get its server to accept email from Clinton's private email address. Continue...

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EPA won't release some memos, documents on Rosemont Mine

June 27, 2016 11:14 AM

The Environmental Protection Agency won’t release memos and other documents to another federal agency on the latest Rosemont Mine mitigation plan and on the mine’s general impacts. Read more »



People of S.C. lose again on FOIA changes

June 27, 2016 11:08 AM

The Legislature has missed another chance to make government more accessible and open to the people it serves. Read more »



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