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Using FOIA to sit in on Ben Carson's Bible study and provide better criminal justice oversight

Using FOIA to sit in on Ben Carson’s Bible study and provide better criminal justice oversight

Public records can help dig into policy makers at all levels, as well as help find out the truth on the ground. This week’s FOIA roundup shows how you can use requests to do the same no matter what subject you’re interested in.

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Revisiting the Cell Site Simulator Census

Revisiting the Cell Site Simulator Census

With a New York Judge upgrading the warrant requirement for a cell site simulator from probable cause to eavesdropping, it is important to take a look back at our census and the data researchers have compiled about these invasive surveillance tools.

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The sounds of Sound Transit

The sounds of Sound Transit

If there’s one thing we here at MuckRock love, it’s a creative take on what a “public record” is. Which is why were overjoyed when Kevin Wallace requested - and received - two CDs full of the programmed announcements used on Seattle’s Sound Transit links.

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Seattle responded to request for text messages by photocopying a phone

Seattle responded to request for text messages by photocopying a phone

Last year, Seattle-based activist Phil Mocek requested text messages sent by mayor Ed Murray to his staff. Unsurprisingly, the mayor’s press team responded fairly quickly - albeit in a fairly surprisingly way.

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Final smart meter request lawsuit against MuckRock dropped

Final smart meter request lawsuit against MuckRock dropped

Since May 23rd, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Venkat Balasubramani of Focal PLLC have been helping fight a series of lawsuits against MuckRock over requests filed by Phil Mocek regarding so-called “smart meters” in the city of Seattle. Yesterday, the last of those suits was finally dismissed.

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ALPR data review request log

Phil Mocek sent this request to the Seattle Police Department of Seattle, WA