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Better know a private prison giant: GEO Group's Board of Directors

Better know a private prison giant: GEO Group’s Board of Directors

Who’s overseeing America’s largest for-profit immigration detention operation? More than a few familiar faces, including former leaders at the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Justice.

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Conspiracy Weary: FBI’s real-life "X-Files" document one of the Bureau’s laziest investigations

Conspiracy Weary: FBI’s real-life “X-Files” document one of the Bureau’s laziest investigations

The FBI file on Majestic-12 may be the Bureau’s most X-Filesy file of all - full of hoaxes, planted documents, and allegations of aliens. The Bureau, however, was essentially disinterested in the case, did no actual investigating, and barely pursued the very real crime that had been committed by forging government documents, only adding fuel to the suspicion that the papers were government sponsored, or at least tolerated, disinformation.

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Model plane company used FOIA to ensure accuracy of designs

Model plane company used FOIA to ensure accuracy of designs

In the journalistic FOIA community, “commercial requesters” have a bit of a bad reputation for hogging the majority of resources and doing so for profit, rather than to inform. However, there are some notable exceptions, such as the Testor Corporation, which makes model kits. Seeking to make their models as accurate as possible, they (adorably) filed a FOIA request for information on the SR-71 and several other models.

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CIA studied Alaskan Stay-Behind efforts for tips on waging guerrilla war

CIA studied Alaskan Stay-Behind efforts for tips on waging guerrilla war

While getting the cold shoulder from the FBI might had ended the CIA’s formal involvement in the Alaskan Stay-Behind plan, declassified documents show that several years later the Agency was looking at the Cold War contingency as a learning opportunity - particular in regards to burying weapons caches.

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Air Force tried to get CIA and FBI to cooperate on the Alaskan Stay-Behind network

Air Force tried to get CIA and FBI to cooperate on the Alaskan Stay-Behind network

While the FBI’s Stay-Behind network in Alaska has been previously explored - including how it was partially driven to spite the CIA - the Agency’s role in the Cold War contingency has largely been kept secret. Previously classified records reveal that the military specifically sought to get the CIA involved in the earliest months of the program.

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