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All hail the FOIA

Posted by Kevin on March 2, 2015

The Freedom of Information Act is wonderful thing. It ensures the correct relationship between the people and the government. By asserting the right of the people to know what its government is doing in its name, it places a check on that government. It is, in fact, a cornerstone of democracy. Democracy is glibly defined […]

IMSI catchers in London

Posted by Kevin on November 4, 2014

The Times ran a report over the weekend claiming that the Metropolitan Police uses ‘IMSI catchers’, also known as Stingrays, to collect communications from mobile phone users. If you want the details you will need some serious hacking skills, or a Times subscription. But if you just want the gist, you can get it from […]

Quote of the week: Department of the Treasury

Posted by Kevin on August 23, 2014

Cryptome’s John Young had requested records concerning documents supposedly stolen by Edward Snowden. The Treasury replied: I require additional information from you. The FOIA does not require agencies to search for the proverbial needle in a haystack, nor does it contemplate that requestors will ask for the entire haystack.

Snowden documents should all be in the public domain

Posted by Kevin on July 21, 2014

Wow! The sooner that all Snowden documents are in the public domain the better. While there are some advantages in releasing the Snowden documents via the world’s media, those advantages are now long past. I would be happy for all field operative names to be redacted (but not those of office staff); but otherwise the […]