Freedom of Information Act

The Congress enacted FOIA to allow the public to gain information about governmental agency operations and to prevent the government from operating under a veil of secrecy. Then Attorney General Ramsey Clark, a champion of FOIA, stated, “If government is to be truly of, by, and for the people, the people must know in detail the activities of government. Nothing so diminishes democracy as secrecy.” FOIA was a sweeping piece of legislation that allowed for the first time the general public “clear access to identifiable agency records without having to state a reason for wanting the information,” and placing the burden of proving a reason for withholding such records on the government agency. FOIA emphasizes broad disclosure with nine exceptions, all abused to withhold information from public view. FOIA is currently under attack through an almost secret war against public information by the deep state

Read more