This week’s FOIA round-up: House Democrats ask for more money to give to the Interior Department’s FOIA office, Amazon spoofs fake packages for cops, and a law student sues a South Carolina county
In this week’s FOIA round-up, House Democrats look to increase funding to the Interior Department’s FOIA office, records show Amazon collaborated with local law enforcement on sting operations to deter package theft, and a Cornell University law student sues a South Carolina county for excessive fees.
Though Arthur H. Rosenfeld would later rise to prominence as the “father of energy efficiency” for his role in creating new global standards for sustainable energy use in the ‘70s, the physicist’s FBI file is focused on a younger Rosenfeld being a high-profile target for Soviet spies. In addition to his coveted “Q” clearance guaranteeing a stash of nuclear secrets, Rosenfeld’s criticism of what he felt was extremism in defense of liberty - including an impassioned political debate that took place entirely on the margins of a table mat - had the Bureau wondering the extent to which Rosenfeld could be trusted at academic conferences held behind the Iron Curtain.
After World War II, the grandfather of the atomic bomb, Hans Bethe, returned to the quiet college town of Ithaca, New York to resume his research. International spies, intent on reshaping the global balance of power, would soon follow.
In response to dwindling recruitment numbers in the ’60s, the Central Intelligence Agency adopted a more aggressive program to lure in the best and brightest from America’s college campuses. That increased visibility led to the Agency facing with heavy resistance from student protests, in the form of citizen’s arrests, paint-throwing, patriotic frat boys, and in one case, aggravated poetry.