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The time one of America's most powerful and secretive courts could not get another parking spot

The time one of America’s most powerful and secretive courts could not get another parking spot

In 2002, as the United States’ war on terror was ramping up, the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court found its workload increasing, necessitating growing to 11 members to hear what would be a record number of secret warrant requests for electronic surveillance. But records released via FOIA show that even the legendary court could not get everything it wanted.

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Emails show Iraq War PR alumni guided government response to Standing Rock protests

Emails show Iraq War PR alumni guided government response to Standing Rock protests

Behind the scenes, as law enforcement officials tried to stem protests against the Dakota Access pipeline, alumni from the George W. Bush White House were leading a crisis communications effort to discredit pipeline protesters. This revelation comes from documents obtained via an open records request from the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department in Wyoming.

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50 Cakes of FOIA, one year later

50 Cakes of FOIA, one year later

Last year, to celebrate FOIA’s 50th birthday, we began collecting photos of Commanders-in-chief with cakes, with the goal of creating the most comprehensive archive of presidential pastry ever assembled. Today, we’re checking in to see if our efforts to free chief executive confections bore frosted fruit.

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You can now FOIA George W. Bush's presidential records

You can now FOIA George W. Bush’s presidential records

George W. Bush’s presidential records are now available to the public. According to the Presidential Records Act, presidential records are exempt from public disclosure for the first five years after a president leaves office. That clock started on January 20th 2009; today marks the five year mark since George W. Bush left office.

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Katrina exposed 'response gap,' unprepared first responders

Katrina exposed ‘response gap,’ unprepared first responders

With the hurricane season officially begun as of June 1, MuckRock reviews the lessons gleaned from major storms past. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, military analysts focused on a critical “response gap” and uncoordinated, overwhelmed local first responders.

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