FOIA Genius: A public records breakdown of Killer Mike’s “Reagan”

Using the annotation tool provided by the folks at Genius, MuckRock’s added a few of our own notes to Killer Mike’s 2012 lyrical takedown of the prison-industrial complex, “Reagan.”

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Keep ’em filing: MuckRock looking for more volunteer in-state proxies

To keep filing in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware and New Hampshire, MuckRock needs your help. In return, you’ll get a free Pro account and the knowledge that you’re helping muckrakers across the country keep government accountable.

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Stories FOIA told this week dies in darkness

Listen up big boys and girls, it’s our weekly series looking at the stories public records made possible.

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While hunting Soviet spy, FBI feared angering Scientologists

A Priority Teletype from the FBI’s Legat in London to the Director outlined an interesting opportunity - the Bureau had been asked to help with a case involving Stig Bergling, a Swede who had apparently been spying for the Soviets, and a woman in the Tampa area might have information as to his whereabouts. There was just one snag - they were afraid it might lead to a confrontation with the Church of Scientology.

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Did the media misrepresent the size of the crowd at Donald Trump’s Inauguration? Watch the footage and decide for yourself

Amid the controversy over White House claims that the media had misrepresented the size of crowds at Donald Trump’s Inauguration, Nathan Lawrence filed a FOIA for surveillance footage from the nearby Smithsonian Institute. That footage arrived this week, and we’ll let you be the judge.

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  • The Private Prison Project

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    • 42% funded
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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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    • 34% funded
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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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  • 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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  • FOIA the Trump Administration

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    FOIA requests regarding the Trump administration and transition.

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