freedom of information

cat out of the bag

Manafort's Daughter's Lawyers Pressured Twitter to Delete Links to Hacked Text Messages

In July, a freedom of information activist dumped an unredacted cache of text messages allegedly hacked from Manafort's daughter's phone.
Joseph Cox
blind spots

DHS Did Not Investigate Hundreds of Civil Rights Abuse Complaints, Documents Reveal

DHS’s Office of the Inspector General says it has 'limited resources' to investigate hundreds of civil liberties and detainee abuse complaints, but one expert said the figures “demand a closer look.”
Joseph Cox
Special Case

How Twitter Sued the Trump Administration and Won Almost Instantly

Twitter sued Customs and Border Protection on Thursday. By Friday morning, the government withdrew its subpoena for the user information of @ALT_uscis.
Sarah Jeong
The VICE Guide to Right Now

The NYPD Sent Video Teams to Hundreds of Black Lives Matter and Occupy Protests

It's not clear if the surveillance went through any kind of legal process.
Drew Schwartz
To Surveil and Protect

Documents Reveal Oakland Police Are Borrowing a Powerful New Cell Site Simulator

Documents reveal the agency can use the device at no-cost from a local District Attorney's office, and may access cell data from 'single individual' suspects and 'mass casualty events', though not for 'crowd management.'
Curtis Waltman

City of Seattle Releases Documents, Then Court Orders Them Wiped from the Web

It looks like the city made a mistake, yet private citizens are getting sued.
Joseph Cox

The FBI Says a Piece of Code Broke Its FOIA System

The episode shows that we are in need of a truly 21st century solution to freedom of information requests.
Joseph Cox

An Activist Wrote a Script to FOIA the Files of 7,000 Dead FBI Officials

Michael Best wants to build a 'Who's Who' in the FBI.
Joseph Cox
The VICE Guide to the 2016 Election

What Hillary Clinton's Emails Tell Us About How She'd Deal With Terrorism

Reading them is the only way to know.
Mike Pearl

Exclusive: VICE Data Shows Virtually No London Cops Get Fired for Complaints of Assault

Our FOI request shows that the chances of getting a London police officer sacked for an alleged assault are more or less zero.
Joe Sandler Clarke

What We Can Learn About Prince Charles from His Letters to Politicians

There's a lot more to the Prince of Wales than a love of old buildings and Patagonian fish.
Oscar Rickett

The $1.4 Million FOIA Request

Files on El Chapo ain't cheap-o.
Kaleigh Rogers