posted on Jul, 17 2004 @ 10:24 PM
The FOIA is a very useful piece of legislation, imo. Without it, all kinds of interesting government scandals and coverups would have remained, well,
covered up. The full extent of government '___' experimentation is one example I can think of, but there's lots more. I'm currently awaiting some
responses from a request myself. Of course, the *really* interesting stuff can always remain classified for national security reasons.
However, it's usefulness has been downgraded somewhat. Janet Reno, the former Attorney General, instituted a policy of releasing all information in
the absence of a convincing reason why it shouldn't be released. Ashcroft, the new AG, reveresed this policy- now, information/documents will not be
released if there is any legal reason to withold them.
This is an article about the Ashcroft FOIA memo:
Here's some more info about the FOIA (a very good link!):
And here's the National Security Archive, the most ardent users of the FOIA- this site has 1000's of documents in different categories that they
obtain via the FOIA: