• A High Schooler’s guide to FOIA

    While teens across the United States prepare to return to their cliques and classes, MuckRock would like to introduce inquisitive minds and aspiring rebels to the paper path toward challenging your school, town, and local government. Encourage increased clarity in your academics, transparency in your community, and civic participation in your country: file a public records request.

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  • The FBI grilled Julia Child over alleged communist ties

    Anyone with Google, a passing interest in espionage, or a love of Amy Adams knows by now that the life of television personality and French cook Julia Child was entwined in the U.S. intelligence apparatus. More ambiguous, however, is Child’s relationship to the FBI as the U.S. moved out of the joyous tidings of V-J Day and into the cold uncertainty of McCarthyism.

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  • Gone Fixin’: Announcing MuckRock’s MDR Week 2016

    MuckRock is a small team, and we’re working constantly to keep those requests going out and give you fresh FOIA reads every day. Unfortunately, that kind of upkeep doesn’t give us too much time to tackle bigger projects, which is why we’re announcing our first Mandatory Declutterification Review - a week-long editorial hiatus so we can give the site an overhaul.

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  • The most passive-aggressive public records response in MuckRock history

    Over the course of the 23 thousand (and counting!) records requests we’ve filed, MuckRock has seen all sorts of responses. While the overwhelming majority of which have been polite and professional, there are a few that … well, weren’t. But nothing tops this response from a Massachusetts police department, which stands out as the closest we’ve gotten to a middle finger by fax.

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  • All prisons are private prisons

    Despite recent wins, media coverage and auditor skepticism may not be enough to keep the growth of private prisons in check for the long run. But you can help.

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  • Who Would Jesus Nuke? The Air Force’s banned briefing on the ethics of nuclear war

    For decades, the Vandenberg Air Force base in California gave a briefing to new missile officers on the ethics of nuclear war. Then, in 2011, a watchdog group successfully lobbied to get the program suspended. If you’re wondering what was so objectionable about an ethics lesson, the fact it was more commonly referred to as the “Jesus Loves Nukes speech” might give you a hint.

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  • The solution to the problems created by prison privatization? More privatization.

    The latest report from the BOP Inspector General calls for closer oversight of contract prisons, highlighting an important shared trait with their public counterparts: the problems they face. From whole cloth outsourcing to individual ceiling tiles, the private sector is willing to help.

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    Use of Force Policy Project

    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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    The Private Prison Project

    Over the past year, 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 ...

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    Subjects Matter: FBI Files

    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 ...

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    • $1600.00 raised
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    Hunting for Government's Oldest Computer

    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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