Friday FOIA Fun: Counterproliferation

Yes, it’s the triumphant return of Friday FOIA Fun, wherein I demonstrate the flexibility and utility of the Freedom of Information Act by posting various types of government records (which nobody cares about, natch) received in response to FOIA requests. It’s been a while, in large part because all of my recent requests are taking forever and a day to process, or because in some cases – DHS, I’m looking at you – the agencies involved are just ignoring my requests.

Everyone is used to thinking of the FOIA as applying to “documents”, but that’s not really true – the FOIA applies to “records”, which in practice pretty much means anything that can be copied or duplicated without too much difficulty. Books, papers, and so on? No problem. Photographs? No worries. Computer-based instructional programs? Yep. Video? Hmmn, hadn’t gotten any videos, had I?

That’s fixed, now. 🙂

Back in 2003, the USAF produced a short (ca. 20 minute) film which looked at counter-proliferation efforts over the last decade, and where they would be going in the next. Called Looking Glass of Terror, the film is largely comprised of interviews with assorted prominent members of the military counter-proliferation community.

I received a DVD of the film in response to a FOIA request filed earlier this year; it’s been ripped as an AVI file (with the XviD codec) with MP3 audio, and should be playable on just about any computer or personal media player. It weighs in at 42MB, and can be downloaded by clicking here. It’s not the most exciting movie ever, but probably worth the download if you’re an arms-control wonk. 🙂

Published in: Geekiness, General, History, Security | on September 11th, 2009| Comments Off on Friday FOIA Fun: Counterproliferation

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