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American and British governments denied Chagossians the right of return under the guise of environmental stewardship

Between 1967 and 1973, almost 2,000 natives of the Chagos Archipelago were kicked out of their home to make room for an American military base. After decades of lobbying for the right to return, the Chagossians were formally denied last year after the American and British governments started raising questions about the environmental impact of resettlement.

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The Senate’s final report on Iran-Contra showed extent to which the investigation had been stonewalled

While some of the inherent problems in the Tower Commission, such as Senator Tower’s conflict of interest and family ties to CIA, have been documented, the fact is that none of the government’s investigations into the matter were able to proceed without obstruction. The final report on Iran-Contra, which has rarely been seen but was found in the CREST archive, makes this explicitly clear.

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FOIA Genius: A public records breakdown of Killer Mike’s “Reagan”

Using the annotation tool provided by the folks at Genius, MuckRock’s added a few of our own notes to Killer Mike’s 2012 lyrical takedown of the prison-industrial complex, “Reagan.”

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The State Department has taken over three years on a FOIA request about how long it takes to process FOIA requests

What started out as a simple attempt to learn more about how the State Department processes FOIA requests has turned into a sanity-shredding saga that threatens to stretch into infinity.

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The curious case of the State Department’s zombie spokesman

In 1974, Department of State spokesman Joe Reap left this world, survived by his wife, children, and a legacy seemingly so persistent, he was still speaking for the agency decades after his death.

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