The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

14 March 2005

Slow grind

The Freedom of Information Act requires that the agency receiving the FOIA request act upon it within twenty days.

Unless you're San Francisco Chronicle reporter Seth Rosenfeld, who has been waiting on a FOIA request from the FBI since 1981.

Rosenfeld, who has been researching Cold War activities by the FBI at the University of California-Berkeley, has received about 200,000 pages so far, but 17,000 are still not forthcoming. The FBI, ever-helpful, suggested that Rosenfeld file a request under FOIA to ask what's taking so long.

Now that's gridlock.

(Via Population Statistic.)

Posted at 10:15 AM to Political Science Fiction


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This is not good news for my now 16-day-old FOIA request. I assume they count business days rather than calendar days. Doubt that matters much to Seth Rosenfeld, whose wait is going on 24 years. (Well, that's only 17 business years) ...[read more]

Gridlock it is ... of course the FBI has a LOT of skeletons to keep in their closets so it could be a very self induced gridlock :)

Posted by: Ron at 1:00 PM on 14 March 2005

"If your email isn't working, please send us an email to let us know."

Posted by: unimpressed at 8:09 PM on 14 March 2005

Back in the Navigator days, Netscape actually had an online help section you were supposed to access if you couldn't get the browser working or your ISP responding. I never did figure that one out.

Posted by: CGHill at 8:30 PM on 14 March 2005

Maybe it was assumed that you had a -different- working browser and were replacing it with theirs.....

Posted by: unimpressed at 9:51 PM on 14 March 2005