FOIA Shenanigans at DHS

The Associated Press (AP) late yesterday “broke” the story that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had been investigating FOIA requestors and their backgrounds for over a year.

This is not news. Anyone who makes a lot of FOIA requests is very much aware of this going on, and not just at DHS – most branches of the military perform similar inquries, too… and have since well before July 2009. (I can document it in mid-2008 via server logs, and know it was going on well before that.)

Now, it is sort of newsworthy that DHS ‘fessed up about this, and was stupid enough to claim that they were doing it for “awareness purposes”. But these are not exactly earth-shattering revealations, when all is said and done. (I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned it here on Entropic Memes at least once in the past, though I can’t immediately find mention of it… having to dig through 1300 posts will do that to you.)

Oh, and the absurd claims that DHS never blocked release of documents, and is being all responsive and stuff? Bullshit. They’ve been stonewalling at least one of my requests for well over a year now, and in October 2009 I was informed of another request that DHS process requests on a first-in, first-out basis, and “there are currently three (3) open requests ahead of yours”. Nine months have since passed… you figure out what’s going on.

Published in: 'D' for 'Dumb', General | on July 22nd, 2010| Comments Off on FOIA Shenanigans at DHS

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