Any Interest Except the Public Interest: Freedom of Information vs. 9/11

According to an Associated Press story, people are finding it a lot harder to obtain records under the Freedom of Information Act. “Shifting from the Clinton administration’s standard that experts say emphasized ‘maximum responsible disclosure,’ Ashcroft encouraged staff to consider ‘institutional, commercial, and personal privacy interests’ and said the Justice Department would defend any rejections unless they lacked a ‘sound legal basis.'” The interest that isn’t considered here is the public interest.

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