Saturday, October 24, 2009
Evaluating the Senate's Passage of the Open FOIA Act
The Senate's passage of the Open FOIA Act presents a mixed bag. It's disappointing that the Senate exempted photos showing detainee treatment under U.S. force's control, adding yet another exemption to the 240 already written into the law. On the other hand, the bill requires the invocation of any future FOIA exemptions to cite the specific part of the act that permits them, making it easier to identify and debate those proposed exemptions.
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