This Saturday, MuckRock officially turns seven. On February 11, 2010, we registered the domain and began working on the basics of the public records tool that you’re now using. Here, in pictures, graphs and a few key numbers, a look at how far the site has come.
We’ve been getting lots of questions about what FOIA will look like under the Trump administration: How much impact does one president have? Will FOIA be useless? Transparency can be hard to predict, but here’s what MuckRock’s Michael Morisy thinks might be coming.
For years, an FBI FOIA request had to be 2,500 pages or more to be classified as large or complex. Now, without any announcement or update to the Bureau’s website, the number’s down to 51 pages.
Six years ago, a MuckRock user appealed a comically inadequate CIA response to his FOIA request. This week, the Agency responded that they haven’t done anything in the meantime - and that the requester better let them know if he’s still interested, or they’d close out the appeal.
The passage of the PATRIOT Act has been decried as one of the most widespread attempts by the government to overreach in order to bypass the judicial and legislative restrictions that had otherwise been placed on it. The FBI file for former CIA Station Chief William F. Buckley details one such attempt, over a decade after his murder.
S. Dean sent this request to the City of Kirkland, Public Records Requests c/o City Clerk, Kathi Anderson of Kirkland, WA
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