During the Cold War, the FBI created a plan to develop a network of Stay-Behind Agents in Alaska, who would become active in the event of a Russian invasion, become the backbone for domestic operations. Buried in the Bureau’s file is a memo documenting how the plan was endangered in 1951 by loose lips and poor operational security
Stories FOIA told this week has a last minute change of plans, but still coming through with your weekly round up of great stories FOIA and public records helped tell this week — plus news about changes (or potential changes) in state laws.
Curious how much college Republicans were shelling out to have Milo Yiannopoulos come to their campus, Matthew Guariglia requested records related to his speaking tour. What he found led to a larger understanding of the few super-rich individuals funding a conservative movement.
Prison technology companies like Securus often offer commissions to their partners as part of their correctional phone services. The new release from a Massachusetts county provides a glimpse into one department’s cut of the calls.
An unclassified excerpt from the DIA parapsychological monograph on “Soviet Offensive Behavior” from 1972 outlines some of the Agency’s fears over reports of Soviet psychic abilities - specifically, “Telepathic Hypnosis.” The section claims that Soviets had managed to telepathically put people to sleep and wake them up from over a thousand miles away, with Kotkov, a star Soviet psychologist, able to “telepathically obliterate an experimental subject’s consciousness.”
Many states have already paved a way for a private prison presence, even if not all of them use it. Check out our map to see if you live someplace that could allow them right now.
Mere months after the Department of Justice announced that it would be “phasing out” its use of private prisons, newly-confirmed Attorney General Jeff Sessions has reversed course on the department’s intentions.
A public records request in Louisiana can lead to a laundry list of reasons why it won’t be fulfilled.
Vermont’s supply of a few hundred prisoners is set to close a Michigan prison this summer. If all of them go home, just Hawaii and California will remain as states that outsource their inmates to out-of-state for-profit prisons.
20 years later, a look at the FBI’s investigation into the infamous death of Christopher George Latore Wallace AKA The Notorious B.I.G. AKA Biggie Smalls offers some useful details - but not the important one.
In late 1919, Margaret Sanger, founder of what would become Planned Parenthood, mailed out something familiar to anybody who’s worked in the non-profit world: an end of the year fundraising appeal. But whether Sanger knew it or not, records released by the National Archives show that on the receiving end of one of those letters were agents from the FBI’s predecessor trying to bust her for distributing obscene material.
When an FBI file opens with a paragraph that describes the case “a most complex case involving foreign intrigue, murder and the highest echelons of the Vatican,” then you know have something interesting. That was just how the file for Banco Ambrosiano began.
February, 1981. In a smoky bar in Alexandria, Virginia, an FBI informant just happens to overhear a conversation that could change the course of the free world: a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. If that sounds a bit too contrived to be true, well, that might explain why the Bureau couldn’t find any evidence that it was.
As part of our collaboration with Campaign Zero, MuckRock requested use of force policies from the 100 largest police departments in the country, including Tulsa PD. In the wake of the recent release of the video of the shooting of Terence Crutcher, we wanted to give you a chance to read the policy yourself.
By solidifying a department’s stance on when it’s appropriate to use force and what reporting steps need to be taken if it is, the use-of-force policy is one of the clearest ways to understand how an agency applies its power.
For months, the North Charleston Police Department - whose tumultuous history is underscored by the declaration of a mistrial in the case of former officer Michael Slager - has been stonewalling records requests for data about civilian complaints and use of force incidents, requiring a $1,500 deposit before it will begin a search.