FOI Advocate Blog

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January 22, 2015 1:10 PM

Following several Freedom of Information Act requests, the U.S. Air Force released its files related to unidentified flying objects this week.

The files reveal many UFO instances that the Air Force has investigated and explained–but also a number they have not, according to USA Today.

The truth is out there — now on the Web. The fabled Project Blue Book, the Air Force’s files on UFO sightings and investigations, have tantalized and frustrated extraterrestrial enthusiasts for decades. But this past week, nearly 130,000 pages of declassified UFO records—a trove that would make Agent Fox Mulder’s mouth water—were put online. Continue>>>

December 7, 2012 3:59 PM

From Air Force Times:

Air Force officials said Dec. 5 that the service’s policy for publicly releasing documents is applied narrowly enough not to conflict with federal law.

In a series of email exchanges, the Air Force had previously seemed to indicate that it applied the policy, which requires documents to be released only in PDF format, to all information requests, including those made under the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA. That law requires federal agencies to release documents in any format requested, with a few exceptions.


November 26, 2012 2:46 PM

From Navy Times:

(Nov 23, 2012) - The Air Force has set an information release policy that appears to violate federal law, and the National Guard may have followed suit.

The directive, which restricts how documents can be made public, runs counter to the practices of other branches of the military, as well as the Defense Department itself.

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.

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