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Freedom of Information Act Search Engine

freedom of information actIf you are a Freedom of Information Act researcher or investigator into matters that often delve into areas of previously top secret classified information, then you’ve come to the right place.

After consolidating years of research into a database of government agencies and FOIA electronic reading rooms, I am happy to announce that Top Secret Writers has now launched a customized search engine specifically programmed to dig into the “deep web” and extract results from the thousands of electronic FOIA reading rooms throughout the Internet.

Why a FOIA Search Engine is Needed

Through the years, as I dove into trying to gather information about formerly classified government secrets and projects, I realized that the government is so discombobulated and disjointed, that it’s nearly impossible to uncover the multitude of secret projects that have been quietly “declassified” throughout the years.





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Many people don’t realize that much of the most fascinating and shocking government “black” projects are no longer classified, however the process of declassifying is typically accomplished without any fanfare or news reporting. Eventually, even though the documents are finally declassified, they are buried within thousands of documents and hidden in some obscure corner of the web were one government website or another maintains it in a poorly organized “Freedom of Information Act Reading Room.”

We created the customized search engine to overcome that problem by ignoring the “noise” throughout the rest of the Internet, and focusing upon only the thousands of government agencies that are mandated by law to maintain a FOIA reading room. The Top Secret Writers FOIA search engine uses your search term and only sifts through those government agency FOIA records.

The TSW search engine:

  • ->Has a background algorithm filled with the thousands of government agencies we’ve identified
  • ->Grows every day as we add newly discovered electronic reading rooms to the search engine’s “brain”
  • ->Returns links to PDF files or other documents related to formerly Top Secret or Secret project
  • ->Could potentially lead to a ground breaking discovery in your research

Without this search engine, you would need to locate every single one of those electronic reading rooms and conduct a document search. It’s nearly impossible to know which government or military agency has the document that you’re looking for. In other words – the truth is hidden in plain sight.

The History of the Freedom of Information Act

The reason this search engine is possible is thanks to the fact that the Freedom of Information Act even exists. FOIA was established as law in 1966 by Lyndon Johnson. It has gone through numerous amendments through the years. Ultimately, the act seeks to properly disclose formerly classified U.S. government documents.
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The essence of the FOIA is that the people have a right to know what their government is up to in their name. Unfortunately, through the years the “national security” hounds that would seek to maintain classified status for many documents indefinitely have abused the exemptions that existed for declassification. Those exemptions were as follows.

  • ->Documents that are properly classified in the interest of national defense or foreign policy.
  • ->Documents that detail rules and procedures of an agency.
  • ->Documents specifically exempted from disclosure by a legal statute.
  • ->Private or commercial financial information taht are normally privileged and confidential information.
  • ->Memos and letters between agencies which would not normally be made public.
  • ->Personnel or medical files that would invade personal privacy.
  • ->Law enforcement records that might infringe on privacy or right to a fair trial.
  • ->Related to any agency in charge of regulating financial institutions.
  • ->Geological or geophysical information (such as maps).

All agencies must comply with public requests for information, and any attempt to hinder the process could lead to the agency facing certain penalties, including disciplinary action against the employee that attempted to inappropriately withhold information.

The Office of Information and Privacy (Department of Justice) and the federal court systems are responsible for handling public appeals when requests are denied by the government.

The Battle to Classify or Declassify

Through the years, the Act was slowly degraded as amendments gave agencies more excuses to keep documents classified. However, in 1995 and 1999, Clinton finally provided for the declassification of documents dated past 25 years old and “of historical interest.”

All agencies are now required by law to make certain records available electronically, and must provide electronic reading rooms.

ObamaFinally, in 2007, President Bush signed the “OPEN Government Act of 2007” which established the Office of Government Information Services at the National Archives, which essentially serves as a government watchdog to ensure that documents are eventually properly declassified and that FOIA requests are properly handled.

In 2009, President Obama further offered the American public even more light at the end of the tunnel with his 2009 Executive Order 13526.

This order requires that all “old” documents past 25 years must be automatically declassified, unless the executive branch is specifically asked to review and keep specific documents classified for national security. However, no old documents can be “hidden” away any longer – they must either be presented with good reason for continued classification, or they must automatically be declassified.

This is excellent news for researchers.

Explore Automatically Declassified FOIA Documents

As older, formerly classified documents are automatically declassified and slide quietly into the thousands of files inside electronic reading rooms, it’s important for researchers to remain diligent and to constantly check those FOIA reading grooms for relevant historic information. Use the Top Secret Writers Customized Search Engine to perform your Freedom of Information Act document search – you never know what you might find!

Originally published on TopSecretWriters.com

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