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Melting ICE: FOIA & Trump's Deportation Force

A project to collaborate FOIA requests related to U.S. Immigration & Custom Enforcement (ICE), with a particular focus on Enforcement and Removal Operations (ICE-ERO).

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In California, Homeland Security continues to argue that Antifa, not white supremacists, pose "the greatest threat to public safety"

In California, Homeland Security continues to argue that Antifa, not white supremacists, pose “the greatest threat to public safety”

Since last September, MuckRock has been tracking every Homeland Security-run fusion center in the country’s investigations into Antifa and white supremacist groups. Today, we’ll take you on a rundown of the responses we’ve gotten back from California.

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Nine Days of FOIA Exemptions: b(7)

Nine Days of FOIA Exemptions: b(7)

With Sunshine Week just around the corner, we wanted to count down the days to our favorite time of year with a closer look at what’s going on behind the black bars: the nine federal FOIA exemptions. Today, strap yourself in for the long-haul because we’re looking at b(7) - the law enforcement exemption.

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FOIAing the Trump Administration: A look at federal employee satisfaction surveys

FOIAing the Trump Administration: A look at federal employee satisfaction surveys

The nonprofit Partnership for Public Service analyzed data from the Office of Personnel Management’s annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey to create an index ranking of which agencies are the best places to work, according to their employees. One of the most interesting ways to sort this ranking is the change from 2016 to 2017. In many cases, FOIA has given us clues about why certain agencies experienced big swings in employee satisfaction in the first year of the Trump administration. In other cases, this statistic can tell us which agencies - particularly smaller, seldom covered ones - warrant more FOIA scrutiny.

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Social media monitoring moves to the border

Social media monitoring moves to the border

Though local police departments have policies governing their own social media use and have slowed their purchases of online monitoring software, changes in immigration policy offer growing markets for the technology.

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If you belong to an online group, you may end up secretly recruited by intelligence agencies

If you belong to an online group, you may end up secretly recruited by intelligence agencies

A series of recently released legal guidelines on Open Source Intelligence explain how and when intelligence agencies can exploit social media and other online resources. One of the documents, previously classified SECRET//NOFORN, hints at the online recruitment of people as sources of information. Collectively, the guidelines spell out the restrictions intelligence agencies work with when dealing with OSINT, revealing how users and developers can deter intelligence agencies from some of the most casual, and pervasive, forms of surveillance.

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ICE FOIA Response Says Data Released, Unable To Find In MuckRock Or ICE Online FOIA Status System