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Sunshine Week 5: Bravery – Pooping, or Being Pooped On, Where You Sleep

One unfortunate aspect of open-records laws is that they tend to be unpopular – not just with those who could and should make use of them, but with the august masses who control the records throughout the country which are subject to disclosure laws. Many people can tell stories of making FOIA requests to federal agencies, only to get letters – or phone calls – asking what they want the records for. A number of requests I’ve made to the military have resulted in my being “examined”, if only through the magic of Google searches. It’s even creepier in England, where I was told, in response to one request for something completely innocuous, that I could have the document I’d requested, but first I had to tell Her Majesty’s Government why I wanted it.
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