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Americans for Prosperity Foundation urges Armed Services committees to protect congre

04.16.20 07:29 AM

Americans for Prosperity’s sister organization,*Americans for Prosperity Foundation (AFPF),*cosigned a letter along with Open The Government, Society of Professional Journalists, American Civil Liberties Union, and more than*a dozen other organizations, urging*members*of*the House and Senate Armed Services*Committees to reject the Defense Department’s*proposal*for greater exemptions*when*disclosing*information*in response to FOIA requests. This proposal, the letter explained, is overly broad, unnecessary, and likely to conceal*critical information from the public*about military affairs. According to the Defense Department, it is asking for the expanded exemption because of concerns about giving potential adversaries advance knowledge of certain information, but this concern is already addressed by FOIA, which exempts “properly classified” national defense information from disclosure.* Further, the department’s proposed language could be used to conceal information about the military’s interrogation and treatment of prisoners; its handling of sexual assault complaints; its oversight of contractors; and other matters of compelling public interest. The Department of Defense, and all federal agencies, already have broad and proper authority to withhold classified information under FOIA exemption one, and to withhold unclassified information under a variety of other statutes. … Our community shares the goal of ensuring that information that needs to be withheld to protect the safety of our troops and strategy […]

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