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This week’s FOIA round-up: DOJ seals evidence of Border Patrol targeting volunteers, New Mexico’s settlements get pricey, and Parkland parents get stonewalled

This week’s FOIA round-up: DOJ seals evidence of Border Patrol targeting volunteers, New Mexico’s settlements get pricey, and Parkland parents get stonewalled

For this week’s FOIA round-up, records show the Justice Department motioned to seal text messages implicating Border Patrol’s deliberate targeting of a humanitarian group, and New Mexico settled almost $5 million in legal claims. Also, parents of two victims in the Parkland shooting are being prevented from getting public records about the massacre.

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A FOIA beginner's guide to requesting a FBI file

A FOIA beginner’s guide to requesting a FBI file

One of questions we’re most frequently asked at MuckRock is how to request the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s files on an individual. To help clear up the process, we’ve compiled this simple flowchart to make sure you have everything you need before you file that FOIA.

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The 11 questions the Justice Department wants answered in leak cases

The 11 questions the Justice Department wants answered in leak cases

Documents in the Central Intelligence Agency’s declassified archive show that the Department of Justice had a list of 11 questions that they wanted answered before the Federal Bureau of Investigation would investigate an unauthorized disclosure. The questions not only highlight some of what the DOJ considered the crucial facts, they help show why so many federal leak cases are never prosecuted.

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Recently released evidence shows FBI may have investigated Danny Casolaro’s death through 2017

Recently released evidence shows FBI may have investigated Danny Casolaro’s death through 2017

Following a FOIA appeal, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has released ten new pages of their investigation into links between the PROMIS scandal, the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, and the mysterious death of Danny Casolaro. FOIA lawyers and experts are divided as to whether this new release implies the Bureau previously improperly cited the “open investigation” exemption, or whether it had stopped being applicable between the initial FOIA response and the appeal.

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The Danny Casolaro Primer: 13 reasons to doubt the official narrative surrounding his death

The Danny Casolaro Primer: 13 reasons to doubt the official narrative surrounding his death

The official version of events surrounding Danny Casolaro’s death has been questioned since the beginning, but several recent revelations resulting from the release of government documents have undermined it. While there are still questions about Casolaro’s death, there are over a dozen reasons to doubt the official conclusions.

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What is OGA and what is their function and/or purpose in being mentioned in an FBI FOIA document release ?
Are FOIA Appeals published in the Federal Register once they are rejected by the FBI/DOJ ?