U.S. Government Could Hide Existence of Records Under Proposed Freedom of Information Act Rule

OpenGovOpen government? Jennifer LaFleur writes on ProPublica:

A proposed rule to the Freedom of Information Act would allow federal agencies to tell people requesting certain law-enforcement or national security documents that records don’t exist — even when they do.

Under current FOIA practice, the government may withhold information and issue what’s known as a Glomar denial that says it can neither confirm nor deny the existence of records.

The new proposal — part of a lengthy rule revision by the Department of Justice — would direct government agencies to “respond to the request as if the excluded records did not exist.”

Open-government groups object. “We don’t believe the statute allows the government to lie to FOIA requesters,” said Mike German, senior policy counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, which opposes the provision.

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6 Comments on "U.S. Government Could Hide Existence of Records Under Proposed Freedom of Information Act Rule"

  1. Advertising. Always championing what the product does worst as it’s primary feature. Like Saturn’s “Hassle-Free Zone.” Nothing but hassle, and even more than other dealerships.

    Infringe upon the rights of American Citizens? Call it the Patriot Act. Disallow certain groups of people to get married? Call it the Marriage Protection Act. Obscures government documents? Call it a Freedom of Information Act.

  2. Advertising. Always championing what the product does worst as it’s primary feature. Like Saturn’s “Hassle-Free Zone.” Nothing but hassle, and even more than other dealerships.

    Infringe upon the rights of American Citizens? Call it the Patriot Act. Disallow certain groups of people to get married? Call it the Marriage Protection Act. Obscures government documents? Call it a Freedom of Information Act.

  3. Governments till the end of time will claim their doing it for our own good,
     but in fact will do it to hide murder , theft and many other crimes .

    And yes eric is correct.

     they put a pc friendly label on it and sell it as something else .

    Thieves and murderers always do things behind close doors and in back alleys
      because they dont want to be seen and have to face the consequences of their actions.

  4. Ian Brock | Oct 26, 2011 at 3:33 am |

    Governments till the end of time will claim their doing it for our own good,
     but in fact will do it to hide murder , theft and many other crimes .

    And yes eric is correct.

     they put a pc friendly label on it and sell it as something else .

    Thieves and murderers always do things behind close doors and in back alleys
      because they dont want to be seen and have to face the consequences of their actions.

  5. Anonymous | Oct 28, 2011 at 8:49 am |

    This rule will allow the government to out n out lie.  It’ll be very hard to take the request for non-existing documents to a judge.  What a sham our government is…

  6. rubrducky999 | Oct 28, 2011 at 4:49 am |

    This rule will allow the government to out n out lie.  It’ll be very hard to take the request for non-existing documents to a judge.  What a sham our government is…

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