May 20, 2010
Search EFF's FOIA Documents Archives
A big hat tip to the ResourceShelf's Gary Price for calling attention to EFF's searchable FOIA doument archives. EFF has added thousands of records obtained from almost 200 FOIA requests and over a dozen lawsuits according to its blog post. Quoting from the post:
The document collection now includes for the first time:
- documents detailing the Federal Communications Commission's claimed authority to conduct warrantless searches of private residences;
- tens of thousands of pages of records describing the FBI's misuse of its authority to issue National Security Letters;
- a summary of complaints to the Department of Homeland Security's Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (TRIP);
- a description of the Department of Homeland Security's role in the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative;
- a set of government contracts with Google and other technology firms for the digitization of government files;
- documents related to the FBI's capacity to conduct surveillance on Skype, the internet telephony protocol; and
- copies of the National Science Foundation's grant awards for wireless microelectromechanical sensor technology, so-called "smart dust."
Don't forget to take the RSS feeds for the ResourceShelf for a hand-picked selection of high-quality, free web-based resources, and DocuTicker, a compendium of 'grey literature' (reports published by government agencies, think tanks, research institutes and other public interest groups) available for free on the web.
Gary Price is founder and contributor to both and has been doing this for years. Maybe someday he will guest blog an LLB post about how he tracks down these valuable resources. No doubt, lots of time and effort involved (my blog widow, please take note -- nothing compared to the efforts Gary and his contributors put in). [JH]