Newly Declassified Documents Detail CIA’s Relationship With Media

The declassified papers constitute the tip of the iceberg in terms of revealing the depths that US intelligence agencies have gone to in studying how to manipulate public perception and opinion.

Newly Declassified Documents CIA Media

A newly declassified CIA report unearthed by the FOIA investigative cooperative MuckRock contains some shocking commentary on how the intelligence community views and interacts with the media. The 1984 series of internal memos, part of the CIA’s recent CREST release (CIA Records Search Tool) of over 900,000 newly declassified documents, was

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Trying (and Trying) To Get Records From The ‘Most Transparent Administration’ Ever

I experienced firsthand the incompetence and neglect behind Obama’s failure to make good on his FOIA promises.

Freedom of Information Act

Two years ago last month, I filed a public-records request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency as part of my reporting into the flawed response to Hurricane Sandy. Then, I waited. The Freedom of Information Act requires a response within 20 business days, but agencies routinely blow that deadline. Eight months later, ProPublica and NPR

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Blacked Out Pages: U.S. Government Snubs ACLU Over Targeted Killing FOIA

No longer can the government simply refuse to confirm or deny the existence of records.

Published in partnership with Shadowproof. The United States government gave the American Civil Liberties Union the equivalent of the middle finger in response to a request for records on the “targeted killing program.” An eight-page letter from Director for National Intelligence James Clapper to the chairs of the Senate intelligence

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Ruling Makes It Harder For U.S. To Charge High FOIA Fees To Media, Nonprofits

There is a long list of instances, where the government abused its authority and refused to recognize individuals or organizations as news media representatives under FOIA.

A judge ruled in January that the FBI had acted in a manner ‘fundamentally at odds with’ the Freedom of Information Act.

Published in partnership with Shadowproof. The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision which could make a huge difference for alternative media and nonprofit organizations seeking to have fees waived when making Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Under FOIA, a requester can have fees from document searches,

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US Sets New Record For Denying, Censoring Government Files

The government took longer to turn over files when it provided any, said more regularly that it couldn’t find documents, and refused a record number of times to turn over files quickly that might be especially newsworthy.

Barack Obama

In this March 9, 2015, file photo, President Barack Obama listens during his meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. For the second consecutive year, the Obama administration more often than ever censored government files or outright denied access to them under the U.S. Freedom of

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In Affront To Transparency, White House To Delete Freedom Of Information Act Regulations

“You have a president who comes in and says, I’m committed to transparency and agencies should make discretionary disclosures whenever possible, but he’s not applying that to his own White House,”

White House

Snow falls at dusk by the White House, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, in Washington. WASHINGTON — The White House is removing a federal regulation that subjects its Office of Administration to the Freedom of Information Act, making official a policy under Presidents Bush and Obama to reject requests for records to that office. The White House

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