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This examination of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) traces the American origins of the belief that the citizens of a democracy have a natural right to know about the workings of their government. The issue began in the colonies and came to a head in the 1950s when escalating government secrecy led the press to demand open government. Declaring that the public business is the public's business, a series of crusading newspaper editors aroused public support for the Freedom of Information Act which was passed in 1966.
The book features in-depth interviews with the architects of the FOIA, the FOIA staff in the major federal agencies, and the most prominent FOIA users throughout the country. The concluding chapter examines current impediments to the full realization of the people's right to know.
|Ch. 1||The Right to Know||1|
|Ch. 2||A Legislative Remedy||33|
|Ch. 3||Government Compliance with the FOIA||71|
|Ch. 4||The Effective Use of the FOIA||123|
|Ch. 5||Freedom of Information in the New Millennium||163|
|App. 1||Text of the FOIA||193|
|App. 2||Selected FOIA Case List||205|