March 13, 2006
Law Prof Been Waiting 17 Years for Pending FOIA Request
We all know the drill. Submit a FOIA request. Get an acknowledge of receipt of the request usually within 10 days. And then wait and wait and wait. But wait for 17 years?
According to a National Security Archive audit the oldest unanswered FOIA request were submitted in March 1989 to the Department of Defense by a graduate student at the University of Southern California, asking for records on the U.S. "freedom of navigation" program. The report notes that "so much time has elapsed since the initial submission of that request that the requester, William Aceves, is now a tenured professor at California Western School of Law." Amazing.
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