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    US sets new record for denying, censoring government files

    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ab029...vernment-files

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration set a new record again for more often than ever censoring government files or outright denying access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press.
    The government took longer to turn over files when it provided any, said more regularly that it couldn't find documents, and refused a record number of times to turn over files quickly that might be especially newsworthy.
    It also acknowledged in nearly 1 in 3 cases that its initial decisions to withhold or censor records were improper under the law — but only when it was challenged.
    Its backlog of unanswered requests at year's end grew remarkably by 55 percent to more than 200,000. It also cut by 375, or about 9 percent, the number of full-time employees across government paid to look for records. That was the fewest number of employees working on the issue in five years.




    So much for that "most transparent government ever" crap. eh?
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    The "War on Terror" has led to this crazy explosion of information that can't be released due to "National Security". Honestly, 9/11 has been an insanely depressing turning point for access to information.
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    Re: US sets new record for denying, censoring government files

    Quote Originally Posted by iliveonramen View Post
    The "War on Terror" has led to this crazy explosion of information that can't be released due to "National Security". Honestly, 9/11 has been an insanely depressing turning point for access to information.
    Do you have statistics on how many FOIA requests were concerning the 'War on Terror" versus the IRS, EPA and other hot FOIA topics?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmotivator View Post
    Do you have statistics on how many FOIA requests were concerning the 'War on Terror" versus the IRS, EPA and other hot FOIA topics?
    Not particularly concerned with rightwing witch hunts. As per the article there was a record amount of records asked for. I'm more concerned with the increasing number of things the government is deeming "classified"
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    Re: US sets new record for denying, censoring government files

    Quote Originally Posted by iliveonramen View Post
    Not particularly concerned with rightwing witch hunts. As per the article there was a record amount of records asked for. I'm more concerned with the increasing number of things the government is deeming "classified"
    Seems like just about everything is classified now. The IRS seems to be more secretive than the CIA. They resist giving up info that they know they have to give up, but make you go to court and get an order anyway.
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    Re: US sets new record for denying, censoring government files

    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony60 View Post
    Seems like just about everything is classified now. The IRS seems to be more secretive than the CIA. They resist giving up info that they know they have to give up, but make you go to court and get an order anyway.
    There's been a lot of reports that has shown that virtually everything is being labeled classified. it's a major problem.
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    Re: US sets new record for denying, censoring government files

    Quote Originally Posted by iliveonramen View Post
    Not particularly concerned with rightwing witch hunts. As per the article there was a record amount of records asked for. I'm more concerned with the increasing number of things the government is deeming "classified"
    You blamed the increase in FOIA rejections on the "War on Terror". I asked you to support the claim.
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    Re: US sets new record for denying, censoring government files

    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony60 View Post
    Seems like just about everything is classified now. The IRS seems to be more secretive than the CIA. They resist giving up info that they know they have to give up, but make you go to court and get an order anyway.
    Everything But Hillary's State Department emails, apparently.
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    Re: US sets new record for denying, censoring government files

    It has been broadly noted by political observers, journalists and rights advocates that the Bush administration has increased the secrecy of government operations, as part of the "War on Terror" and in other areas.

    Bush administration fetish for government secrecy - SourceWatch

    And Obama is this on steroids. And as pointed out in post #2, the next administration will be worse yet. In fact that nebulous "war on terror" is going to give administrations cover of secrecy likely for years to come.
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