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(Politico)   Navy effectively cuts out whistleblower middlemen by sending strategy paper on how to dodge Freedom of Information Act requests directly to reporter   (politico.com) divider line 8
    More: Fail, U.S. Navy, foia requests, Freedom of Information Act, Naval Sea Systems Command, Navy Yard, NBC News  
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2014-01-07 06:44:19 PM  
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You know, I was all suited up and ready to get outraged about this. But the I read the email and his requests. He was asking for literally every memo authored by specific Naval Sea Systems Command in a three month period, emails sent on the day of the Navy Yard shooting, and every picture they had of the building where the shooting occurred that had not already been released during the investigation. And then he had the audacity to ask for the Navy to pay for all of that themselves, by claiming that this was in the public interest because he was a reporter and it might expose some hitherto unknown government wrongdoing.

In other words, he embarked on a fishing expedition. And that's exactly what the (stupidly) released email said he was doing. And in the email the people at the FOIA office there are talking about negotiating with him for specificity about what exactly he wants, so they don't have to waste time collecting tons of records that may be 100% irrelevant to whatever this reporter is fishing for.
2014-01-07 07:43:44 PM  
2 votes:
If you've worked a day in a FOIA office you'll definitely feel for the Navy on this one. The amount of frivolous FOIA that goes on is insane. Navy has the right to try to narrow the scope or at least charge for the labor hours required to produce the full set of requested records.

FOIA is a wonderful law. FOIA requesters in general are from the tinfoil brigade.
2014-01-07 07:22:08 PM  
2 votes:
As a NAVSEA employee, I can understand why they're in no big rush to get to his requests, considering that they lost friends and co-workers on September 16, then got to sit at home unpaid during the government shutdown, then had to be relocated since their building at the Washington Navy Yard is closed to almost everyone but law enforcement personnel.  I mean gosh, with all that going on, how dare they don't immediately cater to this reporter's dumb-ass request.
2014-01-07 06:48:28 PM  
2 votes:

Rincewind53: You know, I was all suited up and ready to get outraged about this. But the I read the email and his requests. He was asking for literally every memo authored by specific Naval Sea Systems Command in a three month period, emails sent on the day of the Navy Yard shooting, and every picture they had of the building where the shooting occurred that had not already been released during the investigation. And then he had the audacity to ask for the Navy to pay for all of that themselves, by claiming that this was in the public interest because he was a reporter and it might expose some hitherto unknown government wrongdoing.

In other words, he embarked on a fishing expedition. And that's exactly what the (stupidly) released email said he was doing. And in the email the people at the FOIA office there are talking about negotiating with him for specificity about what exactly he wants, so they don't have to waste time collecting tons of records that may be 100% irrelevant to whatever this reporter is fishing for.


This.
m00
2014-01-07 06:36:16 PM  
2 votes:
Robin Patterson should be thrown in jail. This classified information that has been leaked directly aids the terrorist enemies of the US -- people who want to know what their government is doing.
2014-01-07 08:14:48 PM  
1 votes:
Dear US Government:

Here is a FOIA request. Send me everything you have on anything that's ever happened, and if you don't I'll think you're hiding something.
2014-01-07 06:39:09 PM  
1 votes:

m00: Robin Patterson should be thrown in jail. This classified information that has been leaked directly aids the terrorist enemies of the US -- people who want to know what their government is doing.


That was my first thought too.  But I'm sure he's on the no-fly list by now, at a minimum.  Clearly a subversive type.
2014-01-07 06:38:26 PM  
1 votes:
Footdragging on FOIA requests? Say it isn't so!
 
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