Justice Department Wants To Be Able To Lie In Response To Freedom Of Information Requests
from the how-the-doj-views-freedom dept
However, the new DOJ proposal would let federal agencies go even further, and flat-out deny the existence of documents it doesn't believe are subject to release -- even if they exist. And while it's true that people could still appeal, most people are much less likely to do so if they believe that the documents don't exist, rather than being told that they may be there, but the government just doesn't want to reveal them.
This seems like a stunning move by the government that goes beyond even its general opacity on FOIA requests. To seek permission to flat out lie to the public just seems ethically and legally dubious.