Wednesday, July 27, 2005

US FOIA: Attorney General to review government FOIA policy

"WASHINGTON Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is taking another look at how the government gives out information.

Responding to an Associated Press request, Gonzales says he'll review the federal policy on the Freedom of Information Act. The policy determines which documents and information the public can get. Under former President Bill Clinton, agencies erred on the side of giving people the information they wanted.

But John Ashcroft changed that. Shortly after Nine-Eleven, Ashcroft told government workers to err on the side of withholding information.

Gonzales took over from Ashcroft in February. Today he said he'd take a closer look at the policy and is always willing to look at questions about releasing documents."


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