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A report released this morning by the Justice Department’s inspector general highlighted “significant challenges” facing the FBI’s drone program. In particular, the report pointed to the skeleton crew of just two pilots authorized to fly FBI drones, both of whom are based out of the same office.
In 2005, the average fire in Lawrence, Massachusetts caused $8,835 in property damage - just slightly above the state average of $7,706. Only 3 years later, that number jumped to $18,936. What happened?
Public Advocate De Blasio blasted private prisons for their lack of transparency. Now what will Mayor De Blasio do about the one operating across the street from JFK?
This Sunshine Week, we've seen agencies go to great lengths to prevent disclosure of domestic drone programs and plots to read your mail. But as these Amtrak complaints show, government cover-ups aren't always a matter of life and death. Unless you ordered the tuna salad. Then you should seek immediate medical attention.
Massachusetts entered its long thaw just in time for the 10th annual Sunshine Week, when the the national focus turns to the public’s access to its government. Amid the open dialogue about just how that whole “democracy for the people” thing is working so out far, at least one thing is perfectly clear: things could be better in the Bay State.
For Sunshine Week, MuckRock users Joshua Eaton and Alex Richardson look how FOIA's most infamous non-response is popping up in agencies you shouldn't expect.
For three weeks in 2003, the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement evaluated the Predator drone as a tool for monitoring the border. Twelve years later, even as a scathing inspector general loudly questions the millions spent on border drones, records officials at ICE can’t puzzle out the news value in releasing reports from this early study.
Can't make it down to D.C. for Sunshine Week? Come talk transparency and open government over drinks in Kendall Square!