Thursday, April 20, 2006

The Air Force would rather be above the law, thank you

The United States Air Force, that defender of democracy, doesn't think it should have to play be democracy's rules. A U.S. District Judge slapped it around a bit this week for playing hide the records in violation of the Freedom of Information Act. The National Archive, which collects declassified documents, has been waiting around while the Air Force didn't act on 82 Freedom of Information requests. The judge found that the Air Force's 11th Communications Squadron "does not seem to understand the nature of its legal obligations under FOIA."

Maybe it's all just a misunderstanding and the Air Force thought the "don't ask, don't tell" policy really meant, "Even if you ask, we don't tell."

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