FBI can neither confirm nor deny investigations into darknet markets that it confirmed are ongoing

FBI can neither confirm nor deny investigations into darknet markets that it confirmed are ongoing

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has responded to dozens of FOIA requests regarding darknet markets (and one request for files on Cryptocomb) by refusing to confirm or deny the existence of records mentioning them. To support this denial, the Bureau cited FOIA exemption b(7)a, which covers “ongoing proceedings.” In doing so, the Bureau seemed to violate its own GLOMAR response by citing the existence of proceedings it refuses to acknowledge exist.

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FOIA FAQ: Why can’t I upload my existing FOIA requests to MuckRock?

FOIA FAQ: Why can’t I upload my existing FOIA requests to MuckRock?

Often times people ask to upload their existing FOIA requests to MuckRock or want to share an interesting cache of documents through the site. We’re always excited to see more people using public records, so we wanted to explain why we don’t accept these kinds of offers and suggest some alternatives.

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Homeland Security IG report finds spoiled food and other violations at New Jersey facility housing immigration detainees

Homeland Security IG report finds spoiled food and other violations at New Jersey facility housing immigration detainees

Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees at a jail in Newark, New Jersey have been fed spoiled food and subjected to deteriorating conditions, according to a report released last week by the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General.

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New York court green-lights release of NYPD body-worn camera footage

New York court green-lights release of NYPD body-worn camera footage

A New York state appellate court made a landmark ruling this week, which allows the release of body-worn camera footage for one of the country’s largest police departments.

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FBI kept a close eye on Black Panther Party co-founder Elbert Howard’s global travels

FBI kept a close eye on Black Panther Party co-founder Elbert Howard’s global travels

From 1967 to 1970, Black Panther Party founding member and Deputy Minister of Information Elbert “Big Man” Howard went on an international tour to mingle with foreign revolutionary movements, promote the BPP’s agenda, and raise money for the party. Documents released through FOIA following Howard’s death last June show that throughout all his travels - from Japan to Sweden to Algeria - the Federal Bureau of Investigation was tracking him and his activities.

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