Plus: A listener question concerning porn verification laws.
Multiple administrations have allowed senior officials to use alias email accounts. The practice undermines the Freedom of Information Act and encourages secrecy.
The doomsday consensus around climate change is "manufactured," says scientist Judith Curry.
Massachusetts reformed its notoriously bad public records laws in 2020, but reporters are still fighting to get the police misconduct files they're legally entitled to.
It's been nearly three years since New York repealed its police secrecy law, and departments are still fighting to hide misconduct records.
Even if you despise the media, you should be rooting for better public record laws.
Reason reported in 2020 on allegations of fatal medical neglect inside two federal women's prisons. The Bureau of Prisons heavily redacted reports that would show if women died of inadequate care.
Correspondence About UC Irvine Professor's Alleged Plagiarism Is Public Record, Subject to Disclosure
Retraction Watch prevails in a California appellate case.
New Jersey Town That Sued a Woman for Public Records Requests Now Wants Lawyer Prosecuted for Same Thing
Irvington made national headlines last year when it filed a lawsuit against an 82-year-old woman for filing too many public records requests. Now it says a lawyer for FIRE should be prosecuted.
State prisons around the country ban the roleplaying game, too, because of bizarre concerns about gang behavior and security threats.
The FBI used a network of snitches to spy on entertainers and activists, and the Queen of Soul was no exception.
The late standup comedian's FBI file says he "ridiculed the FBI, law enforcement, and high public officials, beyond the bounds of good humor."
U.S. taxpayers have been paying for training that encourages aggressive policing.
However wonderful it is to imagine a world in which these things are possible, the government shouldn’t be shelling out millions to entertain speculation.
A lawsuit attempts to find out how federal agents are implementing Wickr, a communications service that has an auto-erase function.
Three years since it launched, an FBI data collection program on police use-of-force incidents has yet to gain enough participation to release any statistics.
New administrations usually issue memos on transparency. The Biden administration has ignored calls to do so.
Defense lawyer Amy Phillips is suing over what she calls the department's "watchlist policy."
The best thing you could say about Bill de Blasio was that he was good for a laugh.
Amir Meshal was never charged with a crime.
The D.C. Circuit rejects an effort to obtain internet browsing histories under the Freedom of Information Act
Blame the media for running anonymous sources, but don't let government off the hook for its secrecy and misinformation.
The move is similar to what's known as a "reverse FOIA" lawsuit, which forces the requester to go to court to defend his right to access public records.
The 2012 internal affairs report complaint was filed by a use-of-force instructor who warned the advice could lead to lawsuits.
A Federal Judge Says William Barr's Spin on the Mueller Report Makes the Attorney General Untrustworthy
Were the Justice Department's redactions influenced by Barr's desire to exonerate the president?
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health reportedly damaged monkeys' brains with acid before showing them pictures of fruit.
The Cato Institute wants Congress to investigate the FBI after it refused to confirm or deny the existence of files on dozens of political advocacy groups.
Yesterday's Supreme Court ruling expanded when the government can keep business records secret. That's bad news for transparency
Contradictory responses to a request for autopsy reports illustrate how law enforcement agencies take advantage of a broad exception to the state's public records law.
Plus: Violence in Sri Lanka leads to social media suppression, and the White House wants to make it harder for pretrial diversion participants to get government jobs.
Thousands of cats have been killed over 50 years of experiments. Why is the USDA denying feline fatality FOIA requests?
Thanks to a design bug in a government transparency website, dozens of social security numbers were mistakenly made public.
In a case brought by two Muslim men seeking surveillance records on themselves, the court approves the NYPD's "neither confirm nor deny" response.
D.C.'s Cache of Seized Illegal Guns Has Antique Rifles and Paintball Guns, But Few Bump-Stock-Compatible Weapons
I sent a FOIA request to the lab that processes guns seized by police in the nation's capital. Here's what I found out.
Cops got probation even after internal tribunal found them guilty of excessive force, sexual harassment, and ticket-fixing
It really can fix anything.
What trade would that be, exactly?
How a silly record request revealed a deeper problem with FBI transparency.
"He is known to be a member of the Libertarian Party."