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Memorandum on the Freedom of Information Act

January 23rd, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

We are but days into the new Presidency and already we have a clear break from the old on matters of government transparency. Most striking of all is the Memorandum on the Freedom of Information Act (see below). The text instructs that FOIA requests should not even be waited for; information should be released as a matter of course and the public is to be informed by the use of ‘modern technology’.

Will this, however, spell the final disclosure of the subject of UFOs and Extraterrestrials?

Only time will tell.

Here follows the text of the memo…


SUBJECT:      Freedom of Information Act

A democracy requires accountability, and accountability requires transparency. As Justice Louis Brandeis wrote, “sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.” In our democracy, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which encourages accountability through transparency, is the most prominent expression of a profound national commitment to ensuring an open Government. At the heart of that commitment is the idea that accountability is in the interest of the Government and the citizenry alike.

The Freedom of Information Act should be administered with a clear presumption: In the face of doubt, openness prevails. The Government should not keep information confidential merely because public officials might be embarrassed by disclosure, because errors and failures might be revealed, or because of speculative or abstract fears. Nondisclosure should never be based on an effort to protect the personal interests of Government officials at the expense of those they are supposed to serve. In responding to requests under the FOIA, executive branch agencies (agencies) should act promptly and in a spirit of cooperation, recognizing that such agencies are servants of the public.

All agencies should adopt a presumption in favor of disclosure, in order to renew their commitment to the principles embodied in FOIA, and to usher in a new era of open Government.  The presumption of disclosure should be applied to all decisions involving FOIA.

The presumption of disclosure also means that agencies should take affirmative steps to make information public. They should not wait for specific requests from the public. All agencies should use modern technology to inform citizens about what is known and done by their Government. Disclosure should be timely.

I direct the Attorney General to issue new guidelines governing the FOIA to the heads of executive departments and agencies, reaffirming the commitment to accountability and transparency, and to publish such guidelines in the Federal Register. In doing so, the Attorney General should review FOIA reports produced by the agencies under Executive Order 13392 of December 14, 2005. I also direct the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to update guidance to the agencies to increase and improve information dissemination to the public, including through the use of new technologies, and to publish such guidance in the Federal Register.

This memorandum does not create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

The Director of the Office of Management and Budget is hereby authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.



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  1. atrueoriginall
    January 23rd, 2009 at 16:04 | #1
  2. January 23rd, 2009 at 16:19 | #2

    Once again…

    Thank you, sir!!


  3. atrueoriginall
    January 23rd, 2009 at 17:46 | #3

    Sir? Okay, you’ve had it now. lol :blink:

  4. January 23rd, 2009 at 18:15 | #4

    Well, it’s not like I’ve seen and pic… and ‘atrueoriginall’ don’t exactly give away gender :tongue2:

    Unless you’re like me and don’t like the ‘sir’/’ma’am’ business…?

    I’ve Googled ‘atrueoriginall’ but there’s precious little info on you… and no gender set anywhere ;)

  5. January 23rd, 2009 at 18:18 | #5


    You… are… a… woman!!!!


  6. January 23rd, 2009 at 20:23 | #6

    And now I know your name, E.N. …

    Anonymous ATS :D

    I’m uv777bk on that site, BTW :)

  7. atrueoriginall
    January 24th, 2009 at 10:07 | #7

    Actually I’m not anonymous on ATS. I’m registered as well but I did post anonymous a couple of times. I don’t have any secrets. I just have a few relatives that know how to use Google Search is all and they might decide some day to throw my name in there and see what comes up. lol There are some things one must keep from some relatives. This was in my Bloggers all the time.
    ATO profile

  8. atrueoriginall
    January 24th, 2009 at 10:13 | #8

    What archaic search engine are you searching with? Google: Results 194 for atrueoriginall Yahoo: Results 248 for atrueoriginall – lol

    I was a moderator for the UFO Casebook over three years with atrueoriginall so there’s a lot of that.

  9. January 24th, 2009 at 13:48 | #9

    Ah… sorry :(
    Yeah, I’ve noticed that you’re pretty much everywhere :D
    I also have relatives that I’d rather steer clear of. Fortunately, I’m originally English — now Naturalized Citizen — so the folks I don’t like are still over there :lol:
    Will send you an email with other details.

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