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FOIA News: The FBI Redacted the Names of DC Comic Book Characters to Protect Their Non-Existent Privacy

FOIA News (2018)Kevin SchmidtComment

The FBI Redacted the Names of DC Comic Book Characters to Protect Their Non-Existent Privacy

By Dell Cameron, Gizmodo, Apr. 30, 2018

Superman can sleep soundly tonight. The FBI, fully aware of his secret identity, has decided to keep things under wraps, acknowledging the Kryptonian’s right to privacy ultimately outweighs the public’s need-to-know.

Seriously.

Proving the old FBI proverb, “when in doubt, cross it out,” still permeates the bureau’s hallowed halls, the agency decided to redact the names of reporters from The Daily Planet—the fictional newspaper of record for the City of Metropolis in the DC universe—in records disclosed in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit.

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