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Knight Open Government Survey

The Knight Open Government Survey conducted by the National Security Archive, George Washington University was released this morning: 40 Years of FOIA, 20 Years of Delay

The oldest FOIA request is 20 years old.

Click to access ten_oldest_report.pdf

Rockefeller: I Don’t Trust What They’re Doing

Jeff Bliss reported for Bloomberg on Friday, January 26, 2007, that Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee may subpoena Bush administration documents related to domestic surveillance.

I don’t trust what they’re doing, Rockefeller said in an interview on taped for Political Capital, a weekly 30 minute Bloomberg television program on politics, economics and public policy hosted by Al Hunt.

The full story, Rockefeller Says He May Subpoena Documents on Spying is available online.

Read the related story Review of prewar Iraq intelligence: Senate Requests, White House does not reply posted by James Jacobs.

New Report: Government Secrecy vs. Freedom of the Press

The First Amendment Center announced on Thursday, January 25, 2007, a new “First Report” by University of Chicago law professor Geoffrey R. Stone. The report, Government Secrecy vs. Freedom of the Press, is available online.

Woman faces 13-year wait for public records

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) News, Canada’s national public broadcaster, reported Monday, January 22, 2007 that

A woman from the Rural Municipality of Daly in western Manitoba faces a long wait — 13½ years, to be exact — for government records she requested about the province’s livestock industry.

Read the full story online: Woman faces 13-year wait for hog industry info.

Officials from Manitoba Province were not available for comment on Monday.

Boeing and U. S. Air Force Research Laboratory Launch “Airborne Information Broker” Balloon.

Phantom Works, the advanced Research and Development unit of Boeing, launched a balloon as a carrier vehicle for what it calls an “airborne information broker.”

“Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Air Force have demonstrated for the first time how — with advanced airborne networking and information management technology — a near-space vehicle can be used as a flexible, low-cost, theater-wide information broker that provides real-time tactical information to ground forces to enhance their effectiveness and survivability.”

This experiment may revolutionize the delivery of real-time information within the tactical theater, enhancing the Network-Centric capabilities of the military’s Global Information Grid.

The complete story Boeing, U.S. Air Force Demonstrate Advanced Airborne Networking First, is available online.