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FOIA Falters

Martin E. Halstuk at the Columbia Journalism Review wrote an interesting article on the Freedom of Information Act and its need for a tuneup. FOIA became law on July 4, 1966 and over the decades the law has helped citizens and journalists expose waste and fraud in the federal government, uncover unsafe consumer products, dangerous drugs, health hazards etc.

Recently FOIA has been steadily eroded by broadly interpeting FOIA exemptions, stall tactics and the high cost of litigation. More …

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