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A few years after the Nixon administration first re-opened communication with the People’s Republic of China, the CIA found itself having to field persistent requests from the Navy to enlist Kissinger’s help in substantiating rumors that the Soviets had deployed a laser weapon against the PRC.
Holding the government accountable is thirsty work. Which is why to close out Sunshine Week, MuckRock put together this list of transparency-inspired tipples to make those GLOMAR rejections go down smoother.
Last week, we put out a call to nominate FOIA heroes - ordinary citizens whose public records requests have made an impact. The results are in, and we’ll close out Sunshine Week with the strongest case for the public’s right to know - the public themselves.
When Ronald Reagan signed the controversial Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982 into law, he did so with panache, holding the ceremony at CIA HQ. Before an assembled crowd of friendly members of the Intelligence Community, Reagan felt comfortable enough to start with what he called “an ethnic joke:” the one about Murphy the spy.
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|Donald Duck's Discharge Papers||Awaiting Acknowledgement||National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records||United States of America|
|Obama Pardons||Completed||Office of the Pardon Attorney||United States of America|
|Trump Poster Proof/Communications||No Responsive Documents||Library of Congress||United States of America|
|Edward Lansdale (FBI)||Awaiting Response||Federal Bureau of Investigation||United States of America|
|FBI: Task Force 157||Awaiting Response||Federal Bureau of Investigation||United States of America|