As I've said before, one of the best legal tools available to bloggers, especially those with an investigative bent, is FOIA – the federal Freedom of Information Act – along with its state-law counterparts. There's been some shifting of the FOIA landscape lately with a new U.S. Supreme Court case, Milner v. Dep't of the Navy, 131 S. Ct. 1259 (2011) [pdf], which has significantly narrowed the scope of an important exemption – "Exemption No. 2″ – which allows the government to withhold from disclosure material "related solely to the internal personnel rules and practices of an agency." (See 5 U. S. C. § 552(b)(2)). The Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press has a story discussing new guidance to federal agencies that has just been issued by the U.S. Department of Justice following Milner.
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