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Disturbing trend: local governments engage in lawfare, suing public records requesters

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 4:00pm 9/20/2017 at 4:00pm

The right of the private citizenry to make a public record request has, at least until recently, required local and federal governments to maintain a certain level of transparency. But a disturbing new trend has private citizens and even journalists flummoxed.

In Louisiana, Michigan, Kentucky, and Oregon, individuals requesting public records...

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IRS Stalls on Sharing New Lois Lerner Emails

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 10:00am 6/16/2015 at 10:00am

The race for 2016 has shifted the focus of the media and many Americans away from the IRS scandal, but a new development in the story has come to light.

Over 6,000 Lois Lerner emails have been found but the IRS is stalling on sharing them.

You’ll never guess why.

Gerri Willis of...

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Obama Administration Sets Record for Most Censorship…Ever

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 4:17pm 3/18/2015 at 4:17pm

So much for The Most Open and Transparent Administration in the History of the World©.”

Analysis by the Associated Press shows that last year the Obama Administration set a new record for either denying access to or censoring government documents when responding to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

From the AP:

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Seattle Police posting body cam footage online

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 11:30am 3/11/2015 at 11:30am

Big Brother is making an effort at transparency—and it might just work.

The Seattle Police Department has taken information accessibility to a new level by posting redacted footage from its officers’ body cameras online. You can view the channel here (it’s not a stream, and each “episode” is posted separately.) Here’s...

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Twitter sues to permit more disclosure of government snooping

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 3:30pm 10/7/2014 at 3:30pm

Turns out Twitter is also fed up with this administration’s war on transparency.

Last month, Twitter released a report detailing how they’d been banned from reporting the extent of government surveillance on the platform. In that report Twitter explained:

“…if...

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