NFOIC FOI Friday for September 23 2011

A few items selected from many of interest in the last few days.

Whistleblowers, intelligence experts, and veterans join Electronic Frontier Foundation in fight against 'state secrets'

San Francisco – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and a coalition of whistleblowers, intelligence experts, and veterans urged a federal appeals court Wednesday to reject government attempts to bury yet another lawsuit challenging illegal surveillance with baseless claims of "state secrets."

Visit Electronic Frontier Foundation for the rest.

Join in the fight for open government

It's a rare day when the editorial boards of newspapers from all corners of Massachusetts are in agreement. This is one of those days. This weekend, The Daily News of Newburyport, along with more than 20 of the state's daily newspapers, with support from the American Civil Liberties Union, Common Cause and the New England First Amendment Coalition, have come together to publish a unified message in support of legislative attempts to increase government transparency.

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Blogger's public records requests come with heavy dose of profanity

DEERFIELD BEACH—They're tired of the profanity-laced, derogatory emails seeking public records, but officials at the Deerfield Beach Housing Authority now realize they'll just have to put up with the requests from activist blogger Chaz Stevens after all.

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Oklahoma Supreme Court proposes limiting public access to personal info

Court officials are again proposing a sweeping rule to remove personal information such as dates of birth from Oklahoma criminal and civil court records, prompting concern from former Attorney General Drew Edmondson and others.

Visit Tulsa World for the rest.

Scott attorney acknowledges governor's emails were deleted

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's office has admitted that email to and from the governor contained on his iPad was "accidentally" deleted — a potential violation of the law, according to the First Amendment Foundation.

Visit Orlando Sentinel for the rest.