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Report: DHS Filtered Hundreds of Public Records Requests Through Political Appointees

Report: DHS Filtered Hundreds of Public Records Requests Through Political Appointees By Kim Zetter  22 Jul 2010 Contrary to the Obama administration’s promised commitment to open government, the Department of Homeland Security, in a highly irregular move, filtered hundreds of public records requests through political appointees, allowing them to pass judgment on what was being released, according to internal e-mails obtained by the Associated Press. The political appointees were allowed to vet records requests that were deemed politically sensitive and require career employees to provide them with information about who requested records -- for example, where the requester lived and worked, whether the requester was a private citizen or journalist and, in the case of congressional representatives, whether they were Republican or Democrat.