• Requester's Voice: Michael Morisy

    In Requester's Voice, I've asked dozens of people to share their public records journeys, including how they became interested in requesting and their advice for others. I've learned an incredible amount from them. For our sixth anniversary, JPat asked that I turn the tables on myself, and share what I've learned since starting MuckRock. Having helped file over 20,000 requests all around the country, hopefully I've learned at least something.

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  • How the FOIA is Made

    Over its six year history, MuckRock has processed over 20,000 public records requests - nearly half of those in the last year alone. So, how does a full time staff of four handle that workload? One FOIA at a time.

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  • MuckRock: A FOIA-ral History

    With MuckRock's birthday later this week, we thought it would be fun to take a stroll through the archives and look at the most popular pieces from each of the last six years. Several hours of cleanup and hundreds of deleted lines of junk HTML later, we're happy to take you along for the tour.

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  • Census Bureau can "neither confirm nor deny" that it shared info with other agencies

    In response to a recent Freedom of Information Act request seeking information on potential abuse of Census records, the FOIA officer sent a letter saying "[t]he U.S. Census Bureau neither confirms nor denies the existence of any records responsive to your request." This makes Census Bureau just the latest in a string of unlikely agencies to handing out the infamous GLOMAR exemption.

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  • @MA_Senate's #PublicRecords reform debate

    After months of hearings, editorials, and one very chilly rally on the State House, yesterday the long-awaited ‪Massachusetts‬ ‪Public Records‬ Reform bill passed the Senate with unanimous support. MuckRock's Beryl Lipton was there, and she live-tweeted the whole thing, withdrawn measures and all.

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  • "Yank it!" Law and Order: SVU FCC Complaints

    For 17 seasons, Dick Wolf and co. have captivated the nation with their sexual violence specialized Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, featuring stories of New York City’s elite squad investigate these "especially heinous" crimes. Considering the subject matter, it should come as no surprise that FCC complaints show viewers had a problem with SVU's ... mild swears and racy commercials?

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  • Weeding out the truth: No substance to DEA's claims of pot-crazed bunnies

    A DEA agent sparked ridicule from the marijuana community last year when he pointed to zombie-like rabbits as an argument against medical legalization. MuckRock submitted a FOIA for substantiating materials and what we got back will not surprise you in the least.

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  • "Straight Shooter" Tom Clancy's FBI File

    One of the best-selling authors of all time, Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels pioneered the modern military thriller. Tales of the square-jawed CIA analyst using cutting-edge tech to take out the bad guys on the global stage earned Clancy millions, and according to his FBI files, some friends in high places.

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  • Help crowdfund the release of files on one of the CIA's most notorious officers

    During his decades-long tenure with the CIA, Thomas G. Clines had a role in everything from the attempted overthrow of Fidel Castro to the training of Anti-Sandanistas in Nicaragua. Afterward, he made millions selling arms to Egypt, and was a major figure in the Iran-Contra Affair. Help us find out what the FBI knew about his activities.

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  • The Private Prison Primer: How is this even legal? Part 2

    In the current system, there is nothing necessarily inherently illegal about the use of private prisons. So how are they even legal? In part, because - despite private-public turnover and speedily passed laws and court interpretations - the American people didn’t make a strong case. And future beneficiaries did.

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