Freedom of Information Act

Only hours before the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Former President Bill Clinton reportedly told a group of Australian businessmen that he “could have killed” Osama bin Laden, but that civilian casualties in Afghanistan would have been too great.  File photo of Osama bin Laden. (credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Federal Court Rules Government Does Not Need To Release Dead Bin Laden Photos

A federal appeals court is backing the U.S. government’s decision not to release photos and video taken of Osama bin Laden during and after a raid in which the terrorist leader was killed by U.S. commandos.

05/21/2013

The White House is defending the National Security Agency following a new report that the agency has been scanning the data it collects to map out some Americans' social connections. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Obama Administration Censored, Withheld Record Amount Of Government Documents In 2012

The Obama administration answered more requests from the public to see government records under the Freedom of Information Act last year, but more often than it ever has it cited legal exceptions to censor or withhold the material, according to a new analysis by The Associated Press. It frequently cited the need to protect national security and internal deliberations.

03/11/2013

File photo of the U.S. Supreme Court building. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Supreme Court Conflicted On Allowing Outside Use Of FOIA

The Supreme Court seems unsure of whether it’s legal for a state to block out-of-staters from getting public documents through its Freedom of Information Act law.

02/20/2013

The Freedom of Information Act is being debated regarding the WikiLeaks documents and public access. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Fight For WikiLeaks Documents Heads To Highest Military Court

The U.S. military’s highest court is hearing arguments on whether the public should have access to written records in the court-martial of an Army private charged with giving reams of classified information to the secret-sharing website WikiLeaks.

10/10/2012

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