FOIA

bigfoot

The FBI Has Published Its Cache of Bigfoot Files

The FBI did forensic testing to learn if Bigfoot was real, official documents confirm.
Matthew Gault
6.6.19
Hacking

Researchers Are Liberating Thousands of Pages of Forgotten Hacking History From the US Government

Using FOIA, they’ve already published NASA’s official report about the infamous WANK worm.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
5.11.19
The Restless Youth Issue

FOIA Docs Reveal an FBI Investigation into an Animal Rights Organization It Considers a Terrorist Group

The FBI has been keeping an eye on the Animal Liberation Front for decades.
Jason Leopold
5.1.17
THE LOOKING GLASS ISSUE

New Details on the Infamous DC Madam Scandal Emerge

Revisiting one of the biggest scandals to rock Washington, DC.
Jason Leopold
3.26.17
THE FUTURE OF TECH ISSUE

If Your Bitcoins Are Stolen in a Major Hack, Will the FBI Help?

Did the FBI overlook a Bitcoin hack for lack of understanding, or because it views users as criminals?
Jason Leopold
2.17.17
News

An Exclusive Look at FBI Communication About the Accidental Drone Strike Killing of an American

We filed a FOIA request for all records the FBI had on Warren Weinstein, a US aid worker killed in a top-secret CIA drone strike in Pakistan. Our request was initially denied; we appealed. Here's what we found.
Jason Leopold
11.8.16
The Music Issue

A Close Look at the FBI's File on Wu-Tang Clan

​The FBI has always had a hard-on for gangsta rap music, specifically the creative forces behind the genre's most iconic and provocative hits. We used the Freedom of Information Act to find out more about the bureau's file on the Wu-Tang Clan.
Jason Leopold
10.13.16
News

Exclusive: Government Money to Tackle Rogue Landlords Is Being Used to Arrest Tenants

In trying to clamp down on "beds in sheds", the government just made things harder for the people living in them.
Dan Hancox
9.21.16
The Borders Issue

Homegrown Hate: An FBI File Hones in on Domestic Terrorism

In November 2014, Larry Steven McQuilliams, who identified himself as a high priest of the Phineas Priesthood, went on a shooting spree in Austin. We filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the FBI for everything the bureau had on the Phineas...
Jason Leopold
6.16.16
The Up Close and Personal Issue

How the Government Monitored Twitter During Baltimore's Freddie Gray Protests

This month's FOIA should serve as a cautionary note to activists using Twitter and other social media to promote their causes.
Jason Leopold
5.19.16
News

The Police Have Used Tasers on Children Hundreds of Times

Bad news if you think electrocuting kids is not cool.
Dan Hancox
4.22.16
Football

Orlando City SC's Not So Magical Kingdom

Orlando City's new soccer stadium deal looks too good to be true. That's because it is.
Elliott Turner
3.14.16
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