In honor of Sunshine week, MuckRock has put together their FOIA Hall of Shame. These would be incredibly funny if they weren’t so egregious and if I didn’t know just how the FOIA submitter felt when she received her completely inadequate response to a FOIA request. Unfortunately, the FOIA law deals only with release of documents, it says nothing about legibility.
If you only have a hammer, then every problem looks like a nail – and as we’ve learned over the years from many an overenthusiastic FOIA officer, if you only have a Sharpie, then every document looks classified. As part of our Sunshine Week coverage, we put together a list of the most ridiculous redactions we’ve (un)seen.
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