FOI Advocate Blog

The NFOIC open government blog is a compendium of original concepts and analysis as well as ideas, edited excerpts and materials from a variety of sources. When the information comes from another source, we will attribute it and provide a link. The blog relies on the accuracy and integrity of the original sources cited; we will correct errors and inaccuracies when we become aware of them.

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June 11, 2013 11:25 AM

From Reuters:  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's administration is likely to open a criminal investigation into the leaking of highly classified documents that revealed the secret surveillance of Americans' telephone and email traffic, U.S. officials said on Friday.

The law enforcement and security officials, who were not authorized to speak publicly, said the agencies that normally conduct such investigations, including the FBI and Justice Department, were expecting a probe into the leaks to a British and an American newspaper.

 

May 13, 2013 1:07 PM

From San Francisco Chronicle:  TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Criminal records that are available to the public in almost every other state remain closed in Kansas without a judge's order, forcing residents in some cases to spend thousands of dollars to find out information readily accessible virtually anywhere else.

Several law enforcement officials said it's necessary to limit access to information to protect the accused and avoid tainting potential trials, but some Kansas legislators — including a member of the House Judiciary Committee who is a former federal administrative law judge — said they were surprised by the restrictive nature of the state's open records law, The Kansas City Star reported.

 

November 14, 2012 9:18 AM

From Air Force Times:

The Air Force is changing the rules on how the media and general public get information about airmen accused of crimes.

A recent Air Force Instruction lists several changes to how the service applies the Uniform Code of Military Justice that are intended to protect the privacy of accused airmen at the expense of the public’s right to know.

The Air Force Instruction appears to curtail the public’s access to criminal records.

September 14, 2012 9:55 AM

From Poynter:

After failing to find a news job in North Carolina, former crime reporter Greg Rickabaugh launched The Jail Report, a weekly newspaper with companion websites, including TheJailReport.com and AugustaCrime.com. The publications feature crime news, analysis and features on repeat offenders and local law enforcement’s most wanted criminals. But the staple of the publications are pictures of people who have been arrested — publicly available mug-shots.
 
Rickabaugh’s business is booming. Since 2009, he’s grown to employ four full-time workers, a dozen part-timers and two of his brothers quit their full-time jobs to help him manage the company. Rickabaugh boasts that he’s earning more money publishing mug-shots than he ever did as a reporter, and he’s expanded the operation into South Carolina and California. But thanks to the proliferation of other mug-shot websites, Rickabaugh’s business model is under attack. In Georgia, where his flagship publication is located, one lawmaker is pursuing legislation to ban mug-shot websites outright.

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