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Drone Census 2013-2014

No one, including federal airspace czars, seems to know with any authority just how many drones are flying around domestic airspace. The Federal Aviation Administration has prophesied that there could be upwards of 30,000 drones in the air by 2030, but lists of which government players are flying UAVs at present vary considerably.

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This week’s FOIA round-up: the Pentagon is blocking requests on Google’s drones, intelligence report labels Antifa as terrorists, and a Virginia county warns Amazon about FOIA requests

This week’s FOIA round-up: the Pentagon is blocking requests on Google’s drones, intelligence report labels Antifa as terrorists, and a Virginia county warns Amazon about FOIA requests

In this week’s FOIA round-up, the Pentagon is blocking requests related to Google’s work on military drones, Antifa are labeled as terrorists in an intelligence report given out to law enforcement, and officials in Virginia’s Arlington County are giving advance warning to Amazon about FOIA requests.

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The strangest FOIA redactions (and FOIA releases) MuckRock has seen over the years

The strangest FOIA redactions (and FOIA releases) MuckRock has seen over the years

After nine years and over 60,000 requests, MuckRock has been witness to some pretty impressive efforts to keep public information from the public. In the spirit of Sunshine Week, we’ve compiled some of the weirdest, wildest, and downright hilarious rejections we’ve received.

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FBI had trouble deciding how often it had used its drones

FBI had trouble deciding how often it had used its drones

A release of over 400 pages of documents on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s drone program not only provides a glimpse into the Bureau’s program, they show that the statistics the FBI cited to at least three members of Congress and to an Inspector General inquiry conflict with some of the Bureau’s internal numbers.

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How the FAA ruined Valentine's Day

How the FAA ruined Valentine’s Day

If you’re wondering why you can’t send drone-delivered bouquets to your loved one the Valentine’s Day, blame the cold-hearted scolds at the Federal Aviation Administration, who dashed those hopes back in 2014.

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The most passive-aggressive public records response in MuckRock history

The most passive-aggressive public records response in MuckRock history

Over the course of the 23 thousand (and counting!) records requests we’ve filed, MuckRock has seen all sorts of responses. While the overwhelming majority of which have been polite and professional, there are a few that … well, weren’t. But nothing tops this response from a Massachusetts police department, which stands out as the closest we’ve gotten to a middle finger by fax.

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Beaverton PD Drone documents

Chris Bushick sent this request to the Beaverton Police Department of Beaverton, OR

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