• Miami Police releases a single row of a nearly 100 page spreadsheet

    Miami Police releases a single row of a nearly 100 page spreadsheet

    A few weeks back, I filed with the ten largest police departments in the country for a list of all sexual harassment complaints or lawsuits from the past five years. The Miami Police Department was among the first to complete the request, releasing a single closed case from 2016. While that in itself is notable, what really stood out was they manner in which they released this information: a 96-page spreadsheet that was completely redacted other than the row containing what I asked for.

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  • 1971 SECRET CIA report declared Jerusalem was "an issue without prospects"

    1971 SECRET CIA report declared Jerusalem was “an issue without prospects”

    Nearly 50 years before President Trump’s controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel, a SECRET Central Intelligence Agency report had already declared the issue of the city’s ownership a “stumbling block” which could sink the entire peace process, and worse, one “without prospects” for a solution.

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  • Thanks to FOIA, you can (kinda) play the CIA's collectible card game

    Thanks to FOIA, you can (kinda) play the CIA’s collectible card game

    Earlier this year, the Central Intelligence Agency hosted a panel at South by Southwest about the agency’s use of board games as a training exercise. Intrigued, MuckRock’s Mitchell Kotler filed a FOIA for materials used to play Collection Deck, a collectible card game shown in the presentation. Those materials just came in, and while there’s nothing to stop you from printing them out and playing, there just one tiny snag: several of the cards are redacted as a matter of national security.

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  • "Phoenix is hot" and other unexpected trademarks owned by the Arizona capitol

    “Phoenix is hot” and other unexpected trademarks owned by the Arizona capitol

    Request for records related to Phoenix, Arizona’s federally trademarked bird symbol reveals a surprising trove of city-owned phrases.

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  • In the '80s, the CIA wanted NASA to bring the Cold War to the moon

    In the ‘80s, the CIA wanted NASA to bring the Cold War to the moon

    Memos unearthed in the Central Intelligence Agency archives show that at the height of Reagan’s renewed Cold War, the CIA’s Deputy Director - future Secretary of Defense Robert Gates - suggested that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration counter Soviet ambitions of a manned mission to Mars by establishing a permanent base on the moon.

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  • Pentagon claims list of information exempt from FOIA is exempt from FOIA

    Pentagon claims list of information exempt from FOIA is exempt from FOIA

    Earlier this year, Emma Best filed a Freedom of Information Act request for a copy of the Department of Defense’s most recent declassification guide, with the goal of better understanding what the Pentagon believes can or can’t be released to the public. Just this week, the guide came in but with one notable omission: the entire section on what the Pentagon believes can or can’t be released to the public

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  • Five times the CIA archives went full Kojima

    Five times the CIA archives went full Kojima

    From Soviet supersoldiers to shadowy networks, the Central Intelligence Agency’s declassified history is often stranger than anything Snake’s encountered.

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  • That time a CIA director told a mustache joke at Bohemian Grove

    That time a CIA director told a mustache joke at Bohemian Grove

    From child sacrifice to Reptilian overlords, Bohemian Grove is the stuff of many a wide-eyed conspiracy theory. But as a speech uncovered in the Central Intelligence Archives shows, for one newly-minted CIA director it was simply a venue for a few jokey anecdotes and some redacted bragging.

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  • Keep Calm and ███████:the CIA's declassified OpSec posters

    Keep Calm and ███████:the CIA’s declassified OpSec posters

    In 1973, still coming down from the harshed mellow of Watergate, a Central Intelligence Agency officer came up with what they felt would be the perfect solution to lagging morale and lackluster operation security: a motivational poster contest. The results, apparently produced in-house, were exceedingly a product of a their time and environment - and are now available for you desktop wallpaper needs.

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  • Browse the CIA's photos of the 1963 Moscow Fair, including declassified cat pics

    Browse the CIA’s photos of the 1963 Moscow Fair, including declassified cat pics

    In 1963, the Central Intelligence Agency sent an undercover photographer to the Moscow Fair in the heart of the then Soviet Union. While the fact that some of the photos are still redacted 50 years later hints at the secrecy of his assignment, one detail has been made public: at some point he got bored and took photos of a stray cat.

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