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Mon Mar 12, 2018, 08:45 PM

US sets new record for censoring, withholding gov't files

Source: AP




Ted Bridis, Updated 4:19 pm, Monday, March 12, 2018


WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government censored, withheld or said it couldn't find records sought by citizens, journalists and others more often last year than at any point in the past decade, according to an Associated Press analysis of new data.

The calculations cover eight months under President Donald Trump, the first hints about how his administration complies with the Freedom of Information Act.

The surge of people who sought records but ended up empty-handed was driven by the government saying more than ever it could not find a single page of requested files and asserting in other cases that it would be illegal under U.S. laws to release the information.


People who asked for records under the Freedom of Information Act received censored files or nothing in 78 percent of 823,222 requests, a record over the past decade. When it provided no records, the government said it could find no information related to the request in a little over half those cases.


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The federal government also spent $40.6 million last year in legal fees defending its decisions to withhold federal files, also a record................................

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How do they get away with this corruption. day after day, week after week. Rhetorical question I know!!




FILE - In this May 14, 2013, file photo, the Department of Justice headquarters building in Washington is photographed early in the morning. The federal government censored, withheld or said it couldn’t find records sought by citizens, journalists and others more often last year than at any point in the past decade, according to an Associated Press analysis of new data. The highest number of requests went to the departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Defense, Health and Human Services, and Agriculture, along with the National Archives and Records Administration and Veterans Administration. Photo: J. David Ake, AP / Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribu




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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Mon Mar 12, 2018, 10:22 PM

1. Record events have record consequences.

After that, slightly more sophistication is necessary in both data presentation and analysis if one wants to compare it with non-record or average events.

That is all.

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Mon Mar 12, 2018, 10:26 PM

2. The obstructionist Trump era....

is firmly in place. This bastard MUST be held accountable for his many, MANY acts against the Constitution of the United States. He certainly thinks he's above the law, but I have a feeling Mr. Trump is going to find out otherwise.

YOU'RE GOING DOWN, TRUMPY!

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