How To See Your NSA Or FBI File

your nsa or fbi file

Truth be told, it may be disappointing not to have an FBI file. Daily Kos writes:

Have you ever Tweeted a politically subversive message, attended a protest, or signed an oppositional petition? If so, you may have a dedicated file on you kept by the FBI and/or the NSA.

With a simple Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, any U.S. citizen can obtain one’s NSA or FBI file, if such a file exists. will, free of charge, generate the necessary forms for you already filled out. Of course, you can also do this directly through the NSA or FBI if you are worried about providing personal information to an independent site.

While an appropriate level of cynicism may be warranted concerning the transparency one should expect from such a request – should your file be substantial – it is the law that your complete file be provided to you. It is your right to know this information.

5 Comments on "How To See Your NSA Or FBI File"

  1. This is bullshit. I’ve done this before; at best, all you’ll get back is a form letter saying they can’t disclose any information about any past or present investigations. You can’t FOIA your own records.

    • Jonas Planck | Jun 13, 2013 at 11:22 pm |

      Hmmm… what about going through a proxy, such as a private investigator? I imagine that will just get you in MORE trouble than you’ll have already gotten yourself in by expressing an interest in it in the first place….

    • LucidDreamR | Jun 14, 2013 at 1:39 am |

      Yet another pitiful aspect of (human nature?) while on the internet: Seeing just how long bullshit stays alive and continues to pass from hand to hand without anyone ever actually thinking about it or researching it themselves. I imagine at some point there was an official overtaking of the amount of bullshit on the web compared to actual, knowledgeable information… Reminds me of the South Park episode when the ‘bar was lowered’ and everyone was reduced to watching ‘spaghetti wrestling’. James Cameron where are you when we need you?!?!

  2. Canadian here – do we count?

  3. Canadian still here – Social Democrat! NDP! Believe in co-ops! Communal leverage, Canada’s Socialist Medical System. Seeking through votes, legitimate means, to elect with a majority, the current opposition party – the NDP and seek a Scandinavian styled socialism for all Canada. Am I free? Do I have a file? See me on Face book – easy to find and record. read my message and save America! FBI are people too!

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