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A rare public records arrest, unauthorized human experimentation, and a bonus bonanza exposed by FOIA

A rare public records arrest, unauthorized human experimentation, and a bonus bonanza exposed by FOIA

This week, a number of stories that show how critical transparency is. One involves public safety issues, the other involves jail time. Plus, how public records request filed by public officials might help unwind a mysterious email campaign in Virginia.

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FOIA Friday Chat Primer: How to elicit a quicker response time

FOIA Friday Chat Primer: How to elicit a quicker response time

Each week, we host a conversation that addresses topics and answers related questions important to FOIA users. This conversation takes place on the MuckRock Slack Channel #foia-help. This week’s topic is: how to elicit a quicker response time!

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Requester's Voice: National Security Cinema's Tom Secker

Requester’s Voice: National Security Cinema’s Tom Secker

Tom Secker and Matthew Alford spent years digging into a secret that was hiding in plain sight. Or rather, hiding in movie theaters, television sets, and streaming services everywhere: The secret influence the Department of Defense and intelligence community had on Hollywood. In this Requesters Voice, Secker shares what he learned.

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Redacted Friday: Missing ethics oversight, ComputerCop follow up, plus save on FOIA swag

Redacted Friday: Missing ethics oversight, ComputerCop follow up, plus save on FOIA swag

This week, we’re finding transparency never rests with important work being done following up on an old privacy scandal targeting young people, plus a look at how even a no responsive documents response can help show when public officials are asleep at the wheel.

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Using public documents to show the high cost of secrecy

Using public documents to show the high cost of secrecy

Whether you’re digging into state house harassment or what public employees get paid to quit their job, there’s some great examples to learn from reading the reporting out there. Here’s some of our favorites from this past week.

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Is there a good FBI FOIA request sample letter?