The 95 media-worthy FOIA requests flagged for Pentagon approval

From Jason Leopold at The Public Record: 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 of interest to the Pentagon. So, I filed a FOIA for a copy of the list of those FOIAs.

On Friday, the Office of Secretary of Defense/Joint Staff sent me the list. It makes for interesting reading.


[R]equests included several filed with the Army for documents related to the pre-trial hearing of Pfc. Bradley Manning; Air Force contracting documents; Guantanamo records; congressional correspondence; presidential travel documents; “investigations of violent crimes allegedly committed by civilian contracts in Iraq or Afghanistan” American University filed with the Defense Contracting Management Agency (DMCA) …

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