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The U.S. Government Is Suing People For Requesting Public Records

• by Aaron Kesel

The government is stating that it is in "good faith" to take away more of our rights, intimidate us and delay FOIA requests, thus challenging the notion of transparency and, in turn, the Open Government Initiative.

Throughout the U.S. government, a growing number of organizations, school districts, municipalities, and state agencies have filed lawsuits against citizens for making FOIA requests to obtain public information. The governmental bodies argue that they are doing so to let the court decide a matter that isn't quite clear legally such as when the documents may be shielded by an exemption or privacy laws. But that's causing problems, and becoming a new way for governments to hide information from taxpayers and even news organizations or individual journalists.

The practice, although highly ridiculed and uncommon, has been going on for years according to Columbia Journalism Review.

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Comment by Ed Price
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No, it is not the U.S. Government. And such suits cannot stand if the people won't let them. Rather, it is people in Government doing this. If you are harmed, sue them the same way you would do a small claims suit - person to person, in a common law court, not person to government official.

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