In 1966, Congress enacted the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to create a legal regime under which the American public could gain access to information about its government’s activities. In keeping with Justice Brandeis’s observation that “sunlight is the best disinfectant,” FOIA has become an invaluable tool in forcing information of national interest into the open, and of revealing instances of government waste, fraud, and abuse.
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Department of Homeland Security documents obtained last month reveal details of incidents in which transgender travelers were subjected to heightened scrutiny when passing through airport security checkpoints.
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From Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Today EFF posted several thousand pages of new drone license records and a new map that tracks the location of done flights across the United States.
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From The American Civil Liberties Union:
On October 23, 2012, the ACLU filed Freedom of Information Act requests with five federal agencies seeking records related to the federal government’s domestic use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) – better known as drones – as well as plans for the future rollout of drones in the United States.
The FOIA requests ask questions including:
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From First Amendment Coalition's Peter Scheer:
In the world of secret information about powerful people, there are two sets of documents in especially high demand right now. First are Mitt Romney's undisclosed tax returns. You already know about those.
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From National Security Counselors:
National Security Counselors, a DC area public interest organization, is accepting applications for a legal intern for the Fall 2012 semester.
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