freedom of information act

New York Post: Transparency is a joke to Biden White House

New York Post, January 17, 2023 Transparency is clearly a joke to the Biden White House By James Bovard There is nothing to see behind the curtain — or anywhere across the Delaware state line. The Secret Service announced Monday that it had no logs of visitors to Biden’s White House East — his mansion […]
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Call of Duty is a Government Psyop: These Documents Prove It

A closer inspection of Activision Blizzard’s key staff and their connections to state power, as well as details gleaned from documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, reveal that Call of Duty is not a neutral first-person shooter but a carefully constructed piece of military propaganda, designed to advance the interests of the U.S. national security state. 

Presidential Record Racketeering

Libertarian Institute, August 30, 2022 Presidential Record Racketeering by Jim Bovard  Former President Donald Trump is supposedly one of the biggest scoundrels in American history for allegedly retaining documents from his presidency at his Mar-a-Lago home. Trump denies wrongdoing but the Justice Department is targeting him for violating the Espionage Act and other laws. DOJ […]
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New York Post: No Sainthood for Obama or National Archives in Trump FBI Uproar

Almost all the media coverage of the FBI Trump raid has ignored the perpetual failure of the Presidential Records Act to reveal presidents’ records. — James Bovard (@JimBovard) August 15, 2022 New York Post, August 15, 2022 There’s no sainthood for Obama, National Archives in Trump FBI raid uproar By James Bovard Accusations are […]

Trust Washington Again Since Trump is Gone? MP3

The Mises Institute produced an audio version of my piece, “The Media Wants You to Trust Washington Again Now That Trump Is Gone.” Here’s the final graph of that piece:  As I warned in a 2018 op-ed in The Hill, “Perhaps the biggest whopper in Washington nowadays is the assumption that the government and the […]
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Contracts Reveal How the DEA Exercises Control Over Television, Film Productions

Nearly 200 pages of Drug Enforcement Administration contracts with producers were obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. They show for the first time how the agency interacts with television and film productions.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is quite active in the entertainment industry. It exercises stringent control over how the agency is represented in documentaries, reality shows, and dramas.

Pentagon Lies About Training Airmen From Country Accused of War Crimes for Combat Missions

The United States’ role in the devastating war on Yemen has been more involved than previously reported, marking the second time in recent months that the U.S. military has been caught red-handed doing things that they had long claimed they weren’t.
Newly released documents show that the U.S. has been training airmen from the United Arab Emirates (UAE ), a major partner in the Saudi-led coalition that is waging war on the poorest nation in the Middle East.

“Terrifying”: New Documents Reveal Secret Gov’t Rules for Spying on US Journalists

(CD) — Journalists and free press advocates are responding with alarm to newly released documents revealing the U.S. government’s secret rules for using Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court orders to spy on reporters, calling the revelations “important” and “terrifying.” The documents—obtained and released by the Freedom of the Press Foundation and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University through […]

Civil Rights Groups Push for Release of DHS ‘Race Paper’ on Surveillance of Black Activists

The Department of Homeland Security has refused to release any version of a report that the agency’s Intelligence and Analysis Office produced and referred to as the “Race Paper.”
In response, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and Color of Change, one of the United States’ largest racial justice organizations, filed a motion to force DHS to disclose the document.