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FOIA News: Pentagon again seeks special FOIA exemption

FOIA News (2018)Allan BlutsteinComment

DoD Seeks New FOIA Exemption for Fourth Time

By Steven Aftergood, Fed'n Am. Sci., May 1, 2018

For the fourth year in a row, the Department of Defense has asked Congress to legislate a new exemption from the Freedom of Information Act in the FY2019 national defense authorization act for certain unclassified military tactics, techniques and procedures.

Previous requests for such an exemption were rebuffed or ignored by Congress.

The Defense Department again justified its request by explaining that a 2011 US Supreme Court decision in Milner v. Department of the Navy had significantly narrowed its authority to withhold such information under FOIA.

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