Sunday, September 12, 2010
I don't claim to have a grand moral vision or stellar philosophy about anything. But my approach to the use of FOIA has been to request official interviews with govt officials first. Often this leads to nowhere. For me, that's generally good enough although sometimes if I feel an agency has something to divulge, which they choose not to divulge, I can occasionally get a little bent out of shape. But, I still respect the work of civil servants and so, if I make use of FOIA material, I still try to keep that in mind. FOIA is a very important tool in our democracy but it's all a real pain in the ass to persons who have to comply with the law. In any case, striving for the golden mean tends to work for most things so that's typically my goal.