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This week’s FOIA round-up: Weird science at the Pentagon, a congressional challenge to the Interior’s proposed FOIA changes, and Minnesota law enforcement spies on pipeline protesters

This week’s FOIA round-up: Weird science at the Pentagon, a congressional challenge to the Interior’s proposed FOIA changes, and Minnesota law enforcement spies on pipeline protesters

For this week’s FOIA round-up, the Department of Defense releases more details on a late ‘00s program concerning fringe science theories, an Arizona congressman wants to challenge the Department of Interior’s proposed FOIA changes, and Minnesota law enforcement is gearing up for Enbridge Line 3 pipeline protests.

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Counterinsurgency on the Reservation: A return to Standing Rock Part 2

Counterinsurgency on the Reservation: A return to Standing Rock Part 2

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.

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Counterinsurgency on the Reservation: A return to Standing Rock Part 1

Counterinsurgency on the Reservation: A return to Standing Rock Part 1

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.

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DAPL Environmental Impact Assessment FOIA notes show debate about what report actually included

DAPL Environmental Impact Assessment FOIA notes show debate about what report actually included

Over the past few years, many Freedom of Information Act offices have worked hard to better engage requesters and help guide requests down the right path. A recent DAPL-related rejection shows why that kind of dialog makes everyone’s life easier.

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Lead Standing Rock responder wants $19,000 for emails with pro-DAPL PR firms

Lead Standing Rock responder wants $19,000 for emails with pro-DAPL PR firms

Looking to build off our reporting on the National Sheriffs’ Association and their help with linking North Dakota law enforcement with the public relations firms Delve and Off the Record Strategies during the #NoDAPL protests, we filed a request with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, which took on a central role in law enforcement’s response to Standing Rock. Their reply was shocking: over nine thousand documents were responsive, resulting in a bill of over $19,000.

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Illinois State Police "#NoDAPL"

Brian Kroll sent this request to the Illinois State Police of Illinois