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FBI file on Josephine Baker details plot to sabotage singer's trip to Cuba

FBI file on Josephine Baker details plot to sabotage singer’s trip to Cuba

Beginning in the early ’50s, the Federal Bureau of Investigation began keeping what would become an extensive file on the singer and civil rights activist Josephine Baker, tracking with great interest her comments in the international press critical of racial discrimination in the U.S. Though the Bureau never formally opened an investigation into Baker, it fielded several requests from the Immigration and Naturalization Service to collect derogatory information that would help make the case for denying her a visa and barring her entry to the country.

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Requester's Voice: American Oversight's Austin Evers

Requester’s Voice: American Oversight’s Austin Evers

Austin Evers is the executive director of American Oversight, an independent watchdog that uses litigation to access documents the public is rightfully entitled to under FOIA protections. After serving as senior counsel to the State Department for transparency-related matters under the Obama Administration, Evers founded American Oversight in response to the election of President Donald Trump. Evers shared his experience in FOIA litigation and offered advice to requesters in an interview with MuckRock.

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Read the State Department's highly classified cables on Dennis Rodman's 2013 visit to North Korea

Read the State Department’s highly classified cables on Dennis Rodman’s 2013 visit to North Korea

Back in 2013, MuckRock user Jasper Craven filed a FOIA request with the State Department for records regarding Dennis Rodman’s 2013 trip to North Korea. After nearly two years of processing, the agency released 18 pages of cables, almost completely redacted under the b(1) national security exemption.

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Browse over a thousand CIA records from dictator Efraín Ríos Montt reign in Guatemala

Browse over a thousand CIA records from dictator Efraín Ríos Montt reign in Guatemala

Records from the CIA’s declassified CREST archives shows how Efraín Ríos Montt’s coup first took the Agency by surprise, with the U.S. government later embracing his violent counterinsurgency campaign, with Secretary of State George Shultz praising it as “impressive progress in human rights.”

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Nine Days of FOIA Exemptions: b(2)

Nine Days of FOIA Exemptions: b(2)

With Sunshine Week just around the corner, we wanted to count down the days to our favorite time of year with a closer look at what’s going on behind the black bars: the nine federal FOIA exemptions. Today, one of the lesser-known exemptions: b(2), the … uh … lesser-known one.

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