FOIA Request about Planned Parenthood Money Denied!

Planned Parenthood money coming from the Federal Government is off limits to FOIA requests. It is pretty clear that the investigation of the Planned Parenthood videos by the Department of Justice is going to be a naked act of aggression to punish anyone who dares expose the government-subsidized abortion pusher. The DOJ investigation was requested by Planned Parenthood’s political defenders. It will certainly follow their wishes and harass (at least) the one who exposed Planned Parenthood. While Read more […]

Freedom of Information Act Is a Suggestion, not a Law

The Freedom of Information Act is ignored at will. Because who is going to make the government obey it? Sixteen thousand unanswered Freedom Of Information Act requests! From Real Clear Politics: JOYCE BARR, CHIEF FOIA OFFICER, U.S. STATE DEPT.: The State Department is committed to openness, it is critical to ensuring the public trust and to promoting public collaboration with the U.S. government. However, meeting our commitment to openness is very challenging. We have a large backlog of Read more […]

White House Abolishes FOIA Procedures

Rather than fight requests in court, the White House has now destroyed official FOIA procedures so that records can’t be requested anymore. Here’s another memo from the most transparent administration in history—the administration of a man who campaigned on open government. USA Today reports, “White House office to delete its FOIA regulations.” The White House is removing a federal regulation that subjects its Office of Administration to the Freedom of Information Act, making official Read more […]

Judge Condemns the EPA but Leaves It Unpunished

The judge condemns the EPA for mistreating conservatives, but what will stop them from doing so again? The EPA has been egregiously violating the law regarding Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) requests by “slow walking” requests from conservative groups. One such group, the Landmark Legal Foundation, sued the EPA. The verdict is in. The judge has declared Landmark to be in the right and the EPA to be in the wrong. As the Washington Times reports, “Judge rules EPA lied about transparency, Read more […]

Judge to NYPD: Secret X-ray Vans Need to be Open to Public

The NYPD argued it did not have to honor FOIA requests about their secret X-ray vans. So how do we know that they are never using the x-ray technology without a warrant? The NYPD has been operating in secret for a long time so this story should surprise no one. Newser.com reports, “Court: Time for NYPD to Explain Its X-Ray Vans.” Perhaps you didn’t know they had x-ray vans that can scan nearby objects. They can reveal what is in closed and locked cars, for example. If the police are Read more […]

White House & Federal Agencies Keeping Secrets

What do you do if you suspect that the White House is keeping secrets by coordinating with Federal Agencies in order to deny or delay or otherwise obstruct FOIA requests for political purposes? About all you can do is file Freedom of Information Act requests for documents or communications related to any such plan or agreement to engage in such coordinated efforts. For some background here, remember the words of President Barack Obama on January 21, 2009. For a long time now, there’s Read more […]

NYPD Is A Secret Government

I don’t know if anyone will be surprised that the New York Police Department is a flash point of lawlessness and secrecy, but it is nice to have someone put together the evidence. At the Motherboard website, Shawn Musgrave write, The New York Police Department’s records office is notorious among reporters for being about as transparent as a bank vault. It’s storied history of non-disclosure includes an overeager rejection stamp and a convenient tendency to “not receive” letters in time. Having Read more […]

Obama’s Transparency Claim as Clear as Mud

In 2008, President Obama promised us all sorts of fanciful things, including a high level of transparency. He would lower sea levels, eradicate any racial divide, he would finally unite America, and would make the rest of the world love us. He swore that he would pilot a “new era of open government.” His administration would operate the most transparent government in history. Not just now, mind you but, everywhere, throughout history. Dan Epstein, Executive Director of Cause of Action, Read more […]