DOJ Pulls Controversial FOIA Revision

Law360, New York (November 3, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday withdrew a controversial revision to its Freedom of Information Act rules, which privacy and civil liberties groups had said would allow the agency to lie about the existence of records to protect national security interests or criminal prosecutions.

The rule had also been opposed by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Sens. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa; Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.; Mark Udall, D-Colo.; and Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Ill., as well as groups including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Privacy...
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