Plugging the Memory Hole
A Tucson-based cyber journalist fights government secrecy, one Freedom of Information request at a time
While some folks fail at everything they try, Russ Kick has discovered one thing that he's really good at. You might say he's the master of digging up information that has been tucked away from public view by the federal government.
If at First You Don't Succeed, Lie, Lie Again
The Bush administration proves you can fool most of the people most of the time
If you tell a lie long enough, it becomes the truth.
Secrecy and the Bush Administration
In 1997, Texas Gov. George W. Bush signed a bill which allowed him to choose a different institution from the Texas State Archives to house his gubernatorial papers. The result: Bush deposited them in his father's Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M. This delayed the release of his documents for months due to confusion over whether they fell under FOIA timetables or quicker, in-state ones.
A Brief History of the Freedom of Information Act
Farsighted as they were, our forefathers missed a few key rights when they laid out the plan for our republic. Freedom from slavery leaps to mind, but less obvious is the right to examine some, if not all, of the innards of our government. It's so easy to overlook this "right to know," in fact, that it did not even emerge as a concept in the United States until after World War II.