A year ago today, the Central Intelligence Agency’s CREST database - its public archive of over 13 million pages of declassified material - became public in more than name only when it was published online as a result of our three-year lawsuit. Since that time, we’ve written nearly 200 articles sourced from the archives, on everything from clandestine bowling leagues to the Agency’s private press pool. As we enter the second year of the project, we asking for your help in unearthing our hidden history.
FOIA works best when everyone assumes that requests are made in good faith, as a means for journalists, activists and average citizens alike to contribute in a meaningful way to oversight of the their government. This week, we take a look at a few stories that undermine that assumption of good faith, both among government officials and in the public eye.
Millions of robot-generated responses to the Federal Communications Commission’s comment system for net neutrality may be a sign that agencies need to move now to preserve useful public debate.
The underwhelming nature of the so-called “final release” of records related to the JFK assassination provides an excellent opportunity to talk about our culture’s curious acceptance of “classified” history.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism, Curtis Waltman was able to return to the Dakotas as part of his ongoing project on the impact of police militarization. Here’s a short travelogue of what he heard, saw, and did.