Magazine article Insight on the News

FBI Releases Requested Information ... but Very Slowly

Magazine article Insight on the News

FBI Releases Requested Information ... but Very Slowly

Article excerpt

The backlog of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests is dwindling at the FBI. Last year, the bureau was sitting on 16,000 backlogged requests, but as of December the number had been cut to 4,000, news alert! has learned.

Still the bad news is that it may take more than a year to get to those requests. Part of the reason, says an FBI caseworker, is that the bureau is inept at transferring documents electronically. In fact, if you request documents to be placed on a disk "it will take much longer," the caseworker tells news alert!

Insight has several FOIA requests before the FBI -- some that are more than two years old, such as one for the FBI file on the vice president's father, Al Gore Sr. About a year ago news alert/was told the records concerning the controversial elder Gore would be released sometime in 2000. But it does not look like that will happen. At that time, John Kelso Jr., chief of the Freedom of Information Privacy Acts Section for the FBI, explained that the bureau had a backlog for reviewing about 1.8 million pages.

The records on Gore Sr. were expected to shed light on friendships and business relationships he had with various communist operatives. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.