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Sunday, March 13, 2021

The 70 percent of Americans who disapprove of excessive government secrecy should get a kick out of this: Reporter Seth Rosenfeld’s 1981 Freedom of Information Act request is still in the queue, 24 years later, despite the law clearly stating that all such requests be fulfilled within 20 days.

There’s high comedy in the response from the FBI, which is the subject of Rosenfeld’s request:

“Basically, the FOIA is a matter between the FBI and Mr. Rosenfeld,” [FBI spokeswoman Megan Baroska] said. “Mr. Rosenfeld could file a request to get further information about his request.”

And I’m sure that request on the request will be acted upon — 24 years from now.

Between that, and Washington’s traditional habit of running roughshod over pending and even ratified treaties, it’s looking like a murky time for accountable and respresentative government in America. I’m just crossing my fingers that the current powers-that-be get enough rope with which to hang themselves.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 03/13/2005 01:45:27 PM
Category: Political
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  1. Sometimes I’m convinced life is just one big Joseph Heller novel.

    Comment by The Zero Boss — 03/13/2005 @ 03:44:30 PM

  2. Slow grind
    The Freedom of Information Act requires that the agency receiving the FOIA request act upon it within twenty days. Unless you’re San Francisco Chronicle reporter Seth Rosenfeld, who has been…

    Trackback by dustbury.com — 03/14/2005 @ 11:17:28 AM

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