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Was Grandpa spooky?

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]
posted by metajc on Jul 23, 2014 - 13 answers

Can I FOIA bank records of banks that were bailed out with Federal money

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?
posted by CollectiveMind on Apr 25, 2014 - 10 answers

TX FOIA: Here's your data. It's encoded. No key for you. Buh bye.

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]
posted by syzygy on Apr 3, 2014 - 15 answers

Searching for something gruesome... rocket-related.

A little over 11 years ago, Shuttle Columbia burned up on re-entry. I want more info than the official reports reveal. [more inside]
posted by FauxScot on Feb 3, 2014 - 21 answers

How to find a Federal Indictment

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?
posted by Bookhouse on Nov 14, 2012 - 9 answers

Do I need an appellate lawyer or a FOIA lawyer?

I (mostly) won my FOIA case, pro se. They're going to appeal the decision. Ruh-roh.... [more inside]
posted by cgs06 on Jun 19, 2012 - 9 answers

To Know What They Know...

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]
posted by benbenson on Apr 13, 2012 - 17 answers

How to obtain recent Foreign Service Institute learning materials?

How do I obtain newer Foreign Service Institute language learning coursework and education materials? [more inside]
posted by andendau on Mar 31, 2012 - 3 answers

Did Tom Clancy use the Freedom of Information Act when writing The Hunt for Red October?

Did Tom Clancy use the Freedom of Information Act when writing The Hunt for Red October? [more inside]
posted by rentalkarma on Jun 4, 2011 - 5 answers

Video of a 1974 US Navy Burial at Sea of recovered Soviet sailors.

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."[1] Where/how can I watch this videotape?
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Apr 8, 2010 - 5 answers

Dear Congressman, Not Snoopy FOIA Person

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.
posted by Leezie on Jun 22, 2009 - 12 answers

Non-FOI vs FOI

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?
posted by blue_wardrobe on Jul 15, 2008 - 8 answers

How long does it take the FBI to process a typical FOIA request?

How long does it take the FBI to process a typical FOIA request? [more inside]
posted by omarr on Jan 30, 2008 - 7 answers

I am not a conspiracy theorist, but. . .

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]
posted by exlotuseater on Nov 30, 2007 - 41 answers

I'm Gonna Tell Mom!

Can one get "anonymous" complaint information from a local government bureau? How? [more inside]
posted by spacewrench on Feb 16, 2007 - 6 answers

Did the ACLU get it's torture photos?

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.
posted by Jezztek on Jun 30, 2005 - 1 answer

NoLongerSecretsFilter

Where can one find declassified documents, on the net? [more inside]
posted by daksya on Jun 29, 2005 - 4 answers

FOIA requests

FOIAFilter! Have you ever submitted a FOIA request? [for more, please submit your request to inside] [more inside]
posted by librarina on Feb 3, 2005 - 16 answers

FOIA Files

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.)
posted by anonymous on Jan 28, 2005 - 10 answers

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