Beware if you make an FOIA request of Homeland Security

For the Department of Homeland Security, "the system worked."  Over the past year, the Department has tried to protect itself from annoying and unwanted requests for information that they were legally required to provide through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), according to a report by AP:"For at least a year, the report states, 'the Homeland Security Department detoured requests for federal records to senior political advisers for highly unusual scrutiny, probing for information about the requesters and delaying disclosures deemed too politically sensitive...' That's according to nearly 1,000 pages of internal e-mails obtained by AP."Most disturbingly, the requesters themselves became targets of government investigation.  FOIA documents are intended by law to be freely accessible to all American citizens upon request.  The intent of the law is subverted if one becomes too intimidated to ask for the information due to the potential for...(Read Full Post)