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Subjects Matter: FBI Files

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This project aims to sift through the hundreds of thousands of pages of FBI archival material we've released, so we can better understand why the Bureau had an eye on these people - and through that, better understand who they're keeping tabs on today.

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Iran-Contra, October Surprise and Reagan's Wrongs

A look into the wrongdoings of the Reagan administration and campaign, including the October Surprise, Debategate, MCA Records, the Inslaw and Wedtech scandals and the Iran-Contra scandal, which has been called Reagan's unchecked abuse of Presidential power.

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Inventorying the FBI

An project to take inventory of the FBI's files on different subjects in order to identify what the FBI has worked on and to help requesters know what files they can request.

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Ernest Hemingway's death significantly improved his relationship with the FBI

Ernest Hemingway’s death significantly improved his relationship with the FBI

As we’ve written about before, Ernest Hemingway’s relationship with the Federal Bureau of Investigation would charitably be described as “strained.” Hemingway would tell anybody who’d listen that he thought the Bureau were a bunch of Nazi mediocrities, and the FBI in turn dismissed Hemingway as a drunken phony. As his file shows, however, all of that changed when Hemingway finally did something the Bureau agreed with: he died.

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What you missed from our FOIA Slack Chat with Mike Masnick

What you missed from our FOIA Slack Chat with Mike Masnick

Founder of Techdirt and the Copia Institute, Mike Masnick joined us last Friday for a talk on government ownership of copyrights.

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Shirley, the lady on a lifelong first-name basis with the FBI

Shirley, the lady on a lifelong first-name basis with the FBI

Among the many fans the child star earned as the Curly Top cutie was one of the most notoriously tough G-Men in the whole law enforcement apparatus: Federal Bureau of Investigation Director J. Edgar Hoover, himself.

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Explore over a century of FBI history with our new and improved timeline

Explore over a century of FBI history with our new and improved timeline

Back in 2016, MuckRock celebrated our 100th article in our ongoing project to release the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s files on prominent figures with an interactive timeline of the FBI’s history. Now, over a 100 articles and thousands of pages later, we’re launching a new and improved version of the timeline, making it easier than ever to explore who and what the Bureau was investigating, and when they were doing it.

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UPDATED: FBI's new FOIA portal comes with same old duplication costs

UPDATED: FBI’s new FOIA portal comes with same old duplication costs

When the Federal Bureau of Investigation officially launched its FOIA portal last year (amid much grumbling from the transparency community) the FBI presented it as a much-needed step towards modernization, with electronic releases replacing costly and inefficient CDs. However, in a series of puzzling FOIA responses - most recently to Emma Best, the Bureau appears to be charging a duplication fee of $15 for 500 pages - exactly as much as it did for CDs.

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900 ISIS-related FBI inquiries
Are FOIA Appeals published in the Federal Register once they are rejected by the FBI/DOJ ?