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Old 03-22-2015, 08:42 AM
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Default Resisting the FOIA

Skeletons are “known” by their dealing.
Analogy - Acme Sec-Commission Chairman’s dept-specific memo; “Please be sure to keep all active low-level FOIA request resistance up to date before we break for this upcoming vacation. I know, life is tough.”
IMO, bottom line, when we set out and chose goals to employ as with this lawful exercise, are only good if with the realities of welcomed increase, for if thought by the other as unnecessary strain for them is often too loud a reality, we now have exposed all our efforts towards securing the far reaching contributions of patriotism, including full un-doctored compliance.

The efforts to secure transparency have resulted in lining them up in opposition as ducks on the pond. It too is far reaching, threatening, from floor to ceiling and around the globe. Can we cut through it? Is the core motivation multifaceted in mutual accommodation?

No amount of prayer will help. It is a fundamental rejection of the Christ and resulting prayer that prevents a people from the promise of health for a nation:
“My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.” (Isaiah 32:18)
I believe this is in propensity to the very amount this nation has sown in faith towards our Redeemer, Jesus Christ.

Amen!

Ways Feds Hide Info
Amazing ways feds hide info
BY SARAH WESTWOOD | MARCH 18, 2015 | 5:00 AM

"Government agencies sometimes go to absurd lengths to avoid responding to Freedom of Information Act requests.

From blacking out entire pages of documents to charging unreasonable fees, agencies are adept at exploiting ambiguity in the law in order to prevent the release of requested records.

Heavy redactions are a common government tack. The American Civil Liberties Union received a 15-page response to a request for information about the Justice Department's policy on intercepting text messages on cellphones in which every single page was redacted from top to bottom.

After Emily Willard with the National Security Archives sent a FOIA request for information about two incidents involving members of the Mexican cartel to the Defense Intelligence Agency, the DIA tracked down a National Security Agency document and sent it to that agency for review.

The NSA responded to Willard by saying it could not release any part of the document and attached her original FOIA request to its response.

The agency had gone through her letter and redacted portions of a document she herself had written, including her own name.

Government agencies can also evade FOIA requests by charging hefty search fees to dig up records.

Victor Hugo Michel, an award-winning investigative journalist with Mexican outlet Milenio, faces a more than $1.4 million fee to unearth documents on the Drug Enforcement Agency's capture of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, one of Mexico's most notorious drug kingpins.

"A $1.4 million fee, which must be paid before any work will begin on the request, is hard not to read as a deterrence, and one that should hopefully spark a discussion on how much the requester should be expected to shoulder for information that is, legally, theirs," Michel told the Washington Examiner in February.

The Examiner's Luke Rosiak encountered a similar financial roadblock when requesting a spreadsheet from the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority in 2011 through the Public Access to Records Policy, an open records rule modeled after FOIA that applies to the metro authority.

A WMATA official claimed staff would need to print out each line of data in order to produce a spreadsheet of the times and locations to which Metro police had been dispatched, a process that she said would take more than 120,000 hours.

The agency told Rosiak he would have to pay $6,243,204 if he wanted the spreadsheet, which could have been easily produced to him if the IT department had written a simple code to extract the requested data.

When the Bay State Examiner, a Massachusetts newspaper, filed a request for the internal affairs files of 49 state troopers, an attorney with the state police said simply determining how large a fee the paper would have to pay to obtain the records would require a $710.50 "non-refundable research fee."

The fee to determine the fee was required because the "labor-intensive" process to do so involved counting pieces of paper by hand, the Bay State Examiner reported.

Stalling FOIA requests is another way government agencies keep citizens and journalists from obtaining the records they seek.

Jason Smathers' request for the five oldest FOIA requests still awaiting responses at the Marines Corps has, ironically, languished at the Pentagon department for four years.

His 25 attempts to determine the status of the request have been met with excuses and, for the most part, silence.

One Marines official responded to blame the delays on the government shutdown in 2013. Another answered with the promise to "start working on this immediately" — and then proceeded to ignore Smathers' inquiries for the next two years. The incident was nominated for a "Foilie" award, prizes that will go to some of the most ridiculous examples of FOIA evasion, by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Agencies can also delay their responses for years in an attempt to run out the clock.

According to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the oldest FOIA request on record was filed in September 1992.

That request has been pending longer than this reporter has been alive.

Another request — this one to the Kennedy Presidential Library, for documents relating to "politics and the Internal Revenue Service" — has been awaiting response for 15 years, the National Security Archives said."


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Old 03-22-2015, 09:02 AM
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Default Re: Resisting the FOIA

Looks like it shouldnt be called "freedom" of information, since its not really free, if available at all. Our government has become nearly as bad as the one we fought for independence against.
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