This includes documents that have been designated as classified, through my aggressive use of the Freedom of Information Act.
The restraint chair and force-feeding kit in the detainee hospital at Guantanamo, encountered during a recent trip. We were told this was set up this way for display purposes. It resembles an execution chamber.
Here’s what you get.
Regular updates about document requests I am filing with various government agencies and why the material is valuable and newsworthy.
Exclusive access to documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, along with an analysis of the material.
A Q&A with me and open government experts in BEACON discussion forums.
Tips on filing good state and federal FOIA requests.
Access to every story, by every writer on BEACON.
The U.S. government is highly secretive about its activities, often times invoking “national security” and “state secrets” to justify its refusal to discuss and release documents that would shed light on a wide-range of issues, such as counterterrorism, finance, civil liberties and foreign policy. Indeed, a 2013 analysis by the Associated Press, based on a study of 33 government agencies, concluded that the U.S. government, “more often than it ever has … cited legal exceptions to censor or withhold” material sought by the public and the media, claiming “the need to protect national security and internal deliberations.” But as Thomas Jefferson noted, “Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government” and “whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.”
The official Guantanamo talking points “smart card,” which advises public affairs officials what they can and can’t say to the media.
Funds raised will be used to pay for costs related to writing, filing fees and, when necessary, Freedom of Information Act lawsuits, which has increasingly become necessary to gain access to government documents.
As thanks, my top-level backers will also get a “FOIA Terrorist” T-shirt in a size of their choice.
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