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Opening the Chicago Surveillance Fund

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) is using its Narcotics asset forfeiture funds to purchase controversial surveillance equipment. Help Lucy Parsons Labs and MuckRock conduct an independent audit of this fund to find out how this forfeiture money is being spent. We need to find out what new surveillance technologies are being used in Chicago - one of the most heavily surveilled cities in the United States.

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This week’s FOIA round-up: Gold and garbage

This week’s FOIA round-up: Gold and garbage

For this week’s FOIA round-up, treasure hunters accuse Federal Bureau of Investigation of acting fishy about “missing” Civil War gold, a something is rotten in the state of Chicago’s for-profit garbage collection, and the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council is holding a celebration for its 40th anniversary (with cake)!

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This week’s FOIA round-up: Tax returns reveals Trump’s inherited fortune, dash video informs Chicago cop’s murder trial, and Pennsylvania withholds decade-old report investigating sexual abuse

This week’s FOIA round-up: Tax returns reveals Trump’s inherited fortune, dash video informs Chicago cop’s murder trial, and Pennsylvania withholds decade-old report investigating sexual abuse

In this week’s FOIA round-up, tax records show “self-made billionaire” President Donald Trump received hundreds of millions of dollars from his father, the video of Laquan McDonald’s death at the hands of a Chicago cop - released by a public records lawsuit - is central to the officer’s murder trial, and the Pennsylvania Attorney General who’s pushing the Catholic Church to be more transparent about child sexual abuse won’t release a decade-old report investigating allegations of sexual assault against a former state college administrator.

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This week’s round-up: Lead poisoning on military bases, looking at Chicago police's use of force data, and a decade-long community contamination

This week’s round-up: Lead poisoning on military bases, looking at Chicago police’s use of force data, and a decade-long community contamination

The FOIA round-up hits hard this week as reporters find thousands of records showing startling police use of force, lead infested army housing ignored for years and Environmental Protection Agency officials neglecting clean-up in cancer cluster communities.

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This week’s round-up: Declassified doggos, pizza party PR, and the high cost of fighting transparency in Chicago

This week’s round-up: Declassified doggos, pizza party PR, and the high cost of fighting transparency in Chicago

For this week’s FOIA round-up, an adorable lesson on why to always be FOIA-ing, shocking evidence that pizza and infrastructure are popular, and Chicago’s mayor finds out the hard way that doing business in secret can cost you.

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FBI file dismisses conspiracy theories surrounding a Watergate-connected plane crash

FBI file dismisses conspiracy theories surrounding a Watergate-connected plane crash

One of the more persistent, but less well-known, conspiracy theories surrounding Watergate is the crash of United Airlines flight 553 that killed Dorothy Hunt, a former government employee who was transporting $10,000 in hush money on behalf of her husband and Watergate burglar, E. Howard Hunt. Recently released Federal Bureau of Investigation files, however, tell a different story - one of pilot error, unfortunate coincidence, and an utter lack of foul play.

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