Can I find out through a foia request, or some other means, whether my grandfather was a spy, code-cracker, or somehow involved in Cold War hijinx? [more inside]
I am working on a project where I am trying to find contributions made between businesses and political parties. Besides the obvious places (Sunlight Foundation, etc.) I want to know if, for the time banks received federal money, would those records be FOIAble? I have a pretty good idea which federal agencies to contact. But would it work?
How likely is it that responding to a request for public records with data that has been encoded and explicitly refusing to share or even discuss the key and/or algorithm required to decode it satisfies Texas Freedom of Information Act regulations? [more inside]
A little over 11 years ago, Shuttle Columbia burned up on re-entry. I want more info than the official reports reveal. [more inside]
I want to download and read the full unsealed indictment written about here
. The PACER website gives me a headache and I'm not clear if I'm allowed to use it. What's my best course of action?
I (mostly) won my FOIA case, pro se. They're going to appeal the decision. Ruh-roh.... [more inside]
Are there any websites that list a directory of FOIA-attainable information, including the agency/department it would come from and procedures to follow in submitting a FOIA request? [more inside]
How do I obtain newer Foreign Service Institute language learning coursework and education materials? [more inside]
Did Tom Clancy use the Freedom of Information Act when writing The Hunt for Red October? [more inside]
On September 4, 1974 the bodies of 6 Soviet sailors were recovered by the US Navy while clandestinely surveying
the wreckage of submarine K-129
. In 1992 CIA director Robert Gates "...as a gesture of intent, a symbol of a new era... carried with [him, on a state visit with Boris Yeltsin] the Soviet naval flag that had shrouded the coffins... [and] a videotape of their burial at sea, complete with prayers for the dead and the Soviet national anthem—-a dignified and respectful service even at the height of the Cold War."
Where/how can I watch this videotape?
I want to write my U.S. Congressman on at least one delicate topic. But, I'm kind of paranoid that my letter will become public record that is subject to a FOIA request. I have a very distinctive name that when Googled, I pop up immediately in the form of my professional profile. I don't want what I write to my Congressman to be available to anyone to read and who then pops my name into a search engine and they find me on the internet.
Am I disenfranchised from making my opinion known or can I write without fear?
FYI - there is nothing I can do about my name or my profile being on the internet.
A (US) government agency wants to create a database of data that is voluntarily submitted by members of the public.
The database has fields of data that get populated, some with personal data.
The data records are made freely available to the public either through a regular periodic data dump, or through FOI requests, although personal data is blanked out (some fields in their entirety, some fields partially)
To what extent can said agency decide it also wants "non-FOI fields" added to the database. What is allowed to be exempted from FOI requests other than personal data?
How long does it take the FBI to process a typical FOIA request? [more inside]
What kinds of high-technology things
exist now but will only come to light 50 or 100 years from now? Speculative, but asking for concrete answers. [more inside]
Can one get "anonymous" complaint information from a local government bureau? How? [more inside]
Today was supposed to be the day the ACLU got the redacted torture Photos mentioned here
I wonder if anyone knows if the Gov made good on the order? I just assumed we would never see them, so I am quite curious how things played out.
Where can one find declassified documents, on the net? [more inside]
FOIAFilter! Have you ever submitted a FOIA request? [for more, please submit your request to inside] [more inside]
I've wanted a copy of my personal FBI file under the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) for a while now, but never requested it. I have reason to believe that it may be slightly more extensive than the average dossier. My question is this, then:
Given the current "tone" in the US right now, is it unwise or imprudent to make the request now? Is it going to flag me for more intense scrutiny? (which is fine, I suppose, as I'm a law-abiding citizen) Has anyone had any experience with this? (I know how to apply, I'm asking whether I should.)