Preparing for Standing Rock, North Dakota governor requested “chemical munitions launcher,” riot squads, and cops with active shooter training

Emails from North Dakota’s governor shows that police deployed to the #NoDAPL protests were expecting heavy resistance, with the call for assistance specifically requesting cops with chemical munitions, riot suppression, and active shooter training.

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The CIA’s declassified database is now online

Back in December, we wrote about how the CIA, in response to our lawsuit and Mike Best’s diligence, would be placing its previously-inaccessible CREST database online. Today, we’re happy to announce that all 25 years worth of declassified documents are now available - no trip to the National Archives required.

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How much is a Trump presidency costing New York?

Local law enforcement usually pick up the slack when a high-profile person comes to visit. But if that person is the President, living on one of the most famous streets in one of the busiest sections of America’s most crowded city - well, the tab ends up being best suited for a billionaire.

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Join our project to FOIA the Trump administration

Since June 2015, MuckRock users have been filing FOIA requests regarding a possible Trump presidency. In fact, so far there’s been over 160 public Trump-related requests filed through the site, all of which you can browse through freely. Now, we want your help filing even more.

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1977 report found the FBI had engaged in gross misconduct while surveilling Martin Luther King, Jr.

A report intended to clear the FBI of any wrongdoing in the Martin Luther King, Jr. murder investigation instead uncovered the extent to which Hoover’s Bureau had engaged in illicit, illegal activity in their personal vendetta against the civil rights leader,

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  • The Private Prison Project

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    Despite what you've heard, for-profit detention continues to reap the rewards of an incarceration system filled to the brim and facing an uncertain future. Over the two years, our FOIA requests have released thousands of documents that show how for-profit prisons have leveraged the legal system to their advantage, letting companies pick-and-choose inmates to off-load costs, ignore complaints and concerns, and create dangerous conditions for prisoners and staff alike. This is all done while billions of taxpayer dollars are funneled into these private companies, which then pour millions into politicians' campaigns to keep their growth going. With your help, we can provide needed scrutiny of an industry few are even aware exists.

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  • Subjects Matter: FBI Files

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    From Abbie Hoffman to Malcolm X, Ol' Dirty Bastard to the Insane Clown Posse, FBI files read like a veritable Who's Who of the 20th Century. This project aims to sift through the hundreds of thousands of agency archival material we've managed to get released, so we can better understand why the Bureau had an eye on these people - and through that, better understand who they're keeping tabs on today.

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  • Hunting for Government's Oldest Computer

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    What started out as an attempt to answer a (seemingly) simple question - what is the oldest computer still in use by a government agency - has seen spiraled into a project that touches on issues of national security, record keeping, and finally finding out whatever happened to Zeos.

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  • Use of Force Policy Project

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    As part of our collaboration with Campaign Zero, MuckRock requested use of force policies from the largest police departments in the country.

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